Augusta Free Press

ACLU: Lack of photo ID should not prevent you from being able to vote

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is encouraging all registered voters to visit the polls this Election Day (Tuesday, November 4) and cast a ballot, even if they lack photo ID.  The ACLU of Virginia will be monitoring the polls and will have a hotline available to ensure that all of Virginia’s registered voters are able to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  Voters may call the hotline number at 1-800-678-9885.  Voters who encounter problems may also send emails to:acluva@acluva.org or ProtectTheVote@aclu.org.

“There have been many questions regarding the new photo ID law and what voters can expect when they arrive at the polls on Tuesday,” said ACLU of Virginia Staff Attorney Hope Amezquita. “Polling places should be prepared to offer provisional ID ballots to voters lacking acceptable photo ID and provide written instructions on how to get a free voter photo ID to ensure their vote is counted.  Confusion about the new requirements of the law should not deter any voter from going to their assigned polling place and casting his or her ballot.”

Acceptable photo IDs include:

Voters encountering problems at the polls are encouraged to call the ACLU of Virginia at 1-800-678-9885, or email: acluva@acluva.org, or ProtectTheVote@aclu.org.