Registered voters should have received a new registration card in the mail this summer. What’s it for? It’s just one more type of valid ID – as of July 1 an ID is required when voting in Virginia – that you can present when you show up to vote this Nov. 6.
The list of acceptable IDs also includes a valid Virginia driver’s license or any identification issued by a university or government agency. The full list is available online at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
If you happen to forget your ID on Election Day, you can still cast a provisional vote. (The registrar’s office will hold onto your ballot until you can return and present an ID.)
For voters who may be out of town on Nov. 6, absentee ballots are still available but applications for them must be received by Oct. 30. Absentee applications are available at the Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters office, next to the courthouse on Gay Street, and you can also turn in completed ballots there.
Besides its regular weekday hours, the office will be open 8 to 4 on the two Saturdays before the election (Oct. 27 and Nov. 3). Call 540-675-5380 for more information.
A final reminder to Stonewall-Hawthorne district voters: You now vote at the Castleton Community fire hall (593 Castleton View Rd.), and not at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church.