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Election Day Reminders

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Albemarle County Electoral Board would like to remind voters about what to expect and what to bring when coming out to the polls.

All polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extra election officials have been hired to keep the lines to a minimum, but they will still be there.  The best times to avoid lines are between 10 a.m. and noon and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Voters will be asked to provide valid Identification. Only one form of ID is needed, and it doesn’t have to be a photo ID. Here are the most common types of acceptable IDs:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s license or photo ID issued by the DMV
  • Virginia Voter Registration card
  • Social Security card
  • Military ID card
  • Passport
  • Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Any other ID issued to you by a government agency
  • A valid student ID card issued by a Virginia institute of higher education
  • An employee ID card with your picture on it
  • A copy of a current utility bill, or bank statement, or paycheck that has your name and address on it

Credit cards or club cards (like Sam’s Club card) are not acceptable.


  • 5 parties with candidates for President/Vice-President
  • 2 candidates for U.S. Senate
  • 3 candidates for 5th District House of Representatives
  • 2 Virginia Constitutional amendments on the ballot

For voters who want to vote on these amendments, it is important that you familiarize yourselves with them before you get into the voting booth. Try to take a look at these before you go to vote; but if you can’t, there will be posters and brochures explaining them at each polling place. But the best way to cut down lines at the polling place is for voters to know what they are going to do on those amendments before they approach the voting machine.

If you are not sure if you are registered or not, or unsure of your polling location, call the Albemarle County registrar’s office at 434-972-4173 or go online: to find out.

For voters who think they won’t be able to make it to the polls next Tuesday – for reasons such as being away, disabled or ill, among others – absentee voting is an available option.  Go to your registrar’s office between now and 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 and you will be able to cast your vote.  For Albemarle County residents, the registrar’s office is in the County Office Building located at 1600 5th Street Extended.

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