General Registrar of Voters
What to Expect on Election Day
General Elections are held the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Polling Places open at 6:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. There are 6 Magisterial Districts with 21 Precincts and 20 Polling Places in Frederick County.
Lines are inevitable. There has been an increase of over 4,000 voters in the past 4 years for a current total of over 51,000 voters in Frederick County.
Local Electoral Boards and General Registrars have taken and are taking actions to minimize the causes of long lines that are under their control - increasing and improving training of Officers of Election, using new electronic poll books to create quicker voter check-in and placing more voting machines in each precinct than is required by the Code of Virginia. While these actions will go a long way toward alleviating some of the problems, they all come at an increased cost and are only a minor fraction of what can be accomplished if everyone gets involved, including YOU.
Check your Voter Registration ID Card to determine your polling place location. Don't have a card? Call your General Registrar! Assisting lost voters is time-consuming, slows down the check-in process and creates increased personnel demands on local offices.
Learn about the candidates and issues before Election Day. Asking for this information at the polls creates backups in the lines, and may even create thorny legal issues for the volunteer Officers of Election. This is because Officers of Election are forbidden by law to provide any information that may influence your vote. An Officer of Election may not even provide something as simple as how to spell a candidate's name. It is the voter's responsibility to become informed before going to the polls.
Bring an appropriate ID and have it ready to show to the Officer of Election at the poll book when asked. Digging into your pocket for a wallet or rooting around in a deep purse to try to find your ID slows down the check-in process and makes those behind you have to wait even longer.
Virginia Election Laws have changed as of 7/1/2012. Virginia Election Laws require that each voter voting in person to show an appropriate form of identification.
Acceptable forms of identification include the following:
- Virginia voter identification card.
- Valid Virginia driver's license.
- Military ID.
- Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID.
- Employer issued photo ID card.
- Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Current (within 30 days of election) utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter.
- Social Security card (*please see below as the social security card does not satisfy special federal ID requirements).
Additional requirements apply to Federal Elections so make sure you are prepared to show your current and valid identification. Voters without a proper form of ID will only be allowed to vote a Provisional Ballot. These voters have until 12:00 noon on the Friday following the Election to provide a copy of a proper ID to the Electoral Board of the locality so that their vote may be counted.
Virginia Laws also require that you state, out loud, your full legal name and current residence address. Don't hesitate when asked. You are only delaying the inevitable and making others wait.
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