2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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Important Info for DMV Voters

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    Officials say to expect long lines tomorrow at the polls. News4's Jackie Bensen has some important information you need to know before you cast your ballot (Published Monday, Nov. 5, 2012)

    Election Day could mean a long wait for many local voters, but it may go a little smoother if you know when to vote and what to bring with you.

    The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. may be best for avoiding long lines, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

    Here are some other things to know based on where you're voting:


    Poll hours: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    You will not need to present identification to vote, but your polling location may require you to show ID to enter the building. So the DC Board of Elections website recommends you bring an ID to be on the safe side.

    You can also register to vote at your polling location tomorrow if you haven't already done so. That will require proof of DC residency. You may also need to bring proof of residency if you didn't when you initially registered. Valid proof of residency includes the following:

    • Copy of current and valid photo identification
    • Copy of a current utility bill (does not include cell phone)
    • Bank statement
    • Government check
    • Paycheck
    • Or other government document that shows your name and address

    CLICK HER E for more info for DC voters.


    Poll hours: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    You must already be registered to vote in Maryland (this year's deadline was October 16). If it's your first time voting in Maryland, you may need to show ID.

    Valid forms of ID include the following, according to the state's Board of Elections:

    • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other state or federal government-issued ID card); or
    • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

    CLICK HERE for more info for Maryland voters.


    Poll hours: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    All voters in the commonwealth must already be registerd and are required to show a valid form of ID thanks to new laws. But that does not mean you will be turned away from the polls on Tuesday if you don't have an ID on you!

    You can still vote on a provisional ballot without showing ID. Then you have until noon on Friday, Nov. 9 to provide the Board of Elections with a copy of your ID.

    There are plenty forms of ID that are acceptable, inluding the following from the Virginia Board of Elections website:

    • Virginia voter registration card

    • Valid Virginia driver's license

    • Military ID

    • Any federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID

    • Employer-issued photo ID card

    • Concealed handgun permit

    • Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    • Current 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)

    CLICK HERE for more info for Virginia voters.