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Here’s Your Guide To Election Day 2018

Here’s your FAQ to all things Election Day 2018.

I want to vote for LGBTQ-supportive candidates. Who are they?
1. Visit the Human Rights Campaign website to see where all Virginia senators and representatives stand with regards to LGBTQ and equality issues.

2. On the local level, you can download a list of candidates here.

Who does Outwire757 endorse?
• United States Senate: Tim Kaine.
• United States House of Representatives, Second District: Elaine Luria.
• United States House of Representatives, Third District: Bobby Scott.
• United States House of Representatives, Third District: A. Donald McEachin.
• Virginia Beach City Council: David Nygaard and Allison White.
• Virginia Beach School Board: Seko B. Varner.

What other issues are on the ballot?
To see a sample ballot for your area, visit Ballotpedia.

What hours are the polls open?
Polling hours throughout the Commonwealth are from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you will be able to vote.

How do I know if I’m registered to vote?
1. Access the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click Go. Enter your name, date of birth, last 4 digits of their social security number and their locality and check the certification box. You will now see you voter record.

3. If you do not appear in the system, and you believe you are registered to vote, contact your local registrar.

Where do I go to vote on election day?
1. Go to the Virginia Department of Elections polling place lookup web site.

2. Enter your address. The system will show your polling place.

Do I need to bring proof that I am registered to vote?
No, you do not need to bring proof of your voter registration. All you need to bring is a photo ID.

Acceptable photo IDs are:
• Virginia driver’s license
• Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
• United States passport
• Employer-issued photo ID
• Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia (public or private)
• Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID (including veteran’s photo ID)
• Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Virginia voter photo ID card

What is a provisional ballot?
A provisional ballot is a ballot used to record the vote of an individual whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polling location on election day by election officials or the general registrar.

If the Officers of Election and General Registrar cannot find your name in the pollbook or there is some other question regarding your eligibility to vote (such as you received an absentee ballot), a provisional ballot is designed to protect your right to vote by allowing you to submit a ballot that will be counted if the underlying question of your eligibility can be resolved.

Additionally, if you go to your polling place and do not have proper photo ID, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. Follow the instructions given to you by the Officers of Election so that you can provide your ID by the deadline, and your vote will be counted.

I was turned away at the polling location and was not offered a provisional ballot. What can I do?
If you were turned away because you were at the wrong polling location, then you will need to vote at the polling location that is associated with the voter registration address.

If you were turned away for any other reason, return to your polling location and ask to vote with a provisional ballot.

How do I file a complaint?
If you have a complaint related to your registration or voting experience, the law provides several options for you to take action.

1. Send a letter to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Address: Virginia Department of Elections
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

2. File an informal complaint form online.

3. Send an email to Be sure to provide as much information as you can in the complaint. The complaint will be sent to the Department of Elections, and to your general registrar.

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