Early voting starts April 25th in West Virginia and this year when you head to the polls, you’ll need to bring identification. It’s the first time voter ID will be required for a statewide election.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick is getting ready, making final preparations for early voting.
“Test them, test the DS200. Right now we’re running poll books with everybody’s name and signature,” McCormick says of the new Kanawha County voting machines.
But McCormick wants you to get ready too. When voters come out to the polls, they’ll need to bring identification- a driver’s license, birth certificate or passport are just a few of the options.
“If by chance somebody cannot get ID, we can take care of that here at the voter registration, there are a couple exceptions. There’s no reason why anyone can’t not vote,” McCormick told 13 News.
While ID is believed to help with voting security, poll workers are also getting extra training.
“Our office put in an extra amount of effort into some training videos that are being used for the poll workers, that’s gone well, that’s been received well. The clerks are working steadily to train their workers,” West Virginia’s Secretary of State Mac Warner explained.
Besides bringing identification the Secretary of State’s the office is also increasing their cyber security, making sure all West Virginians get a fair vote.
“We have heightened our awareness in that regard. We are working very diligently to make sure the clerk’s have the latest information as to what it takes to provide cyber security. So nowhere is safe in today’s world so West Virginia is staying very vigilant,” Secretary Warner added.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
-Boter Registration card
-Medicare or Social Security card
-WV hunting or fishing license
-WV SNAP card
-WV TANF ID card
-Bank or debit card
-Utility bill or bank statement (from within 6 months ago)
-Health insurance card
-Military ID card
-U.S. or WV Government employee ID card
-Concealed carry permit