Friday, July 19, 2024

Election Day must-haves

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It’s Election Day and if you’re headed to the polls — polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. – here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know.

Eligible Virginia voters need to bring a valid and acceptable photo ID. Those with no ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board for their provisional ballot to be counted.

Here’s a list:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by the U.S. government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business

Here’s a link to find your polling place.

Here’s a link of candidates on the ballot.

The stakes

Virginia’s 2017 elections provided an early indication of a blue wave that swept through the 2018 U.S. midterms. This year’s legislative elections are being closely watched for clues about how the 2020 presidential cycle will play out.

Democrats are hoping big wins will send a message about President Donald Trump’s unpopularity. Republicans are hoping the specter of Trump’s impeachment will motivate the GOP base to turn out in large numbers.

Once a key swing state, Virginia has been trending blue for years thanks to the growth of its more diverse and liberal suburban and urban areas. A Democratic takeover Tuesday could help cement that trend as the next legislature will decide who controls the redistricting process.

On the policy front, Democratic control could mean rapid movement during next year’s legislative session on several issues Republicans have blocked in the past. That includes stricter gun laws, a higher minimum wage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, making Virginia the final state needed for possible passage of the gender equality measure.

Republicans have warned of higher taxes and virtually no restrictions on third-trimester abortions if they lose the majority.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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