Tuesday's election is the first time that a newly approved voter i.d. law in Virginia is in affect. It means that you have to have an acceptable form of i.d. to cast a ballot on site. Caroline County Registrar Danette Moen says there are a number of acceptable documents. Among them, a driver's license, a voter i.d. card, a government or work issued photo i.d., a current utility bill and added this year, a concealed handgun permit. The complete list is at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
The Department of Justice gave the nod to the change over the summer. Virginia is one of 16 state that require federal approval to change voting laws.
Long lines awaited voters at several polling places in Stafford County and in the City of Fredericksburg short after polls opened on this chilly morning. Ballots are being cast in what will likely be a close presidential race and to elect the person that will take the job of outgoing Senator Jim Webb. There are also a few area Congressional races and some are electing local officials. Bundled up and armed with coffee cups, voters tell WFLS the 30 plus minute wait is worth it. Many say it is their right to vote and it is important to let your voice be heard.
There are also two ballot questions, one to amend the constitution to protect personal property rights and another affecting general assembly veto sessions.
Polls are open across Virginia until 7:00 p.m.