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Virginia

Do You Need an ID? (Most restrictive)

Yes. Virginia's law took effect in July 2014, tightening ID requirements at the polls. Voters must present a form of state or federal photo ID, or a Virginia college or employee ID. The state also offers a photo ID card for voters. Previously, voters could present identity documents.

Without ID, avoter may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if he submits a copy of acceptable ID by noon on the Friday after the election.

Do You Need an Excuse to Vote Absentee? (Restrictive)

Voters must provide an excuse to mail in an absentee ballot.

What if You Have a Felony Conviction? (Most restrictive)

Felons are prohibited from voting while in prison, on parole and probation, and for some, after their sentence. Previously, all ex-offenders had to petition to have their rights restored after completing their full sentence. A 2014 law automatically restores the rights of those convicted of nonviolent felonies. Violent offenders must wait three years before petitioning the governor to have their rights restored.

Can You Vote In Person Before Election Day? (Most restrictive)

No early voting

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Explainers

Absentee Voting Gets Easier

Nearly 17 percent of the U.S. electorate voted by mail in 2012

Voting Early More Often

36 states allow people to vote in person before Election Day

Who Loses the Right to Vote

All but two states have laws that keep felons from voting

Voter ID Laws Gain Momentum

But many are also being challenged in court

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