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New Virginia Laws to Take Effect on July 1

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There will be some big changes in the law books this weekend.  Most of the legislation passed during the regular session of the General Assembly will go into effect on Sunday.

Dozens of laws will go into effect on July 1, and a handful have gained lots of attention.  Changes to election laws and pre-abortion requirements are two issues at the forefront.

As of Sunday, people looking to cast a ballot in upcoming elections will no longer be able to just sign off that he or she is a registered voter, but will also need the right identification to prove it.

Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta said, "If their name is on the poll book, but they don't have an ID instead of just signing an affirmation of identity which people have done in the past, they're going to have to vote a provisional ballot and get the ID to the electoral board by noon on Friday."

Both Charlottesville and Albemarle registrars say phone lines have been flooded with callers concerned that the change requires a photo, which not the case in Virginia.

"There are lots of acceptable IDs and many of them are not photo IDs, but I think the most important thing to remember is to make sure the ID you bring with you is acceptable," said Albemarle Registrar Jack Washburne.

Another law going into effect will make women seeking an abortion undergo a "non-invasive" ultrasound first.  This is disappointing news for the Charlottesville Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW).

"You just can't put up with a little bit here and a little bit there and it just incenses me when people say it's to help women - it's not," said Charlottesville's NOW President Kobby Hoffman.

Hoffman says government should stay out of personal decisions.  She said, "I think an individual needs to decide what they do with themselves and they have to live with it. The legislators aren't going to be living with it right?"

NOW is having its annual conference in Baltimore this weekend.  Hoffman says they will discuss strategies to fight the law.

Click here to view all of the new laws taking effect on Sunday.

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