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Albemarle Officials Provide Election Day Guidelines

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Election Day is right around the corner, and Albemarle County officials are trying to make the process go as smoothly as possible.  There are several guidelines you should keep in mind before you head to the polling booths.

Thursday, Albemarle County officials held a pre-election conference to help get the word out about Election Day guidelines.  They say they want voters to have a good experience, and they have a few tips to help make that happen.

Officials say voters should expect long lines.  They are advising voters to come to the polls between 10 a.m. and noon or 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. because those are the least busy times.

Albemarle County Electoral Board Chairman Jim Heilman says during a large election, such as the presidential one, more voters tend to come early in the morning - whereas during smaller elections, they will come during the afternoon.

"I can almost guarantee at 6 a.m. in the morning, virtually every place in Albemarle County every polling place is going to have a line waiting to vote, that's just the way it happens," Heilman said. 

Officials are also advising voters to look over the constitutional amendments before they get to the polls.  They are written in long paragraphs, and use some technical language that may slow voters down.

There are more than a dozen different forms of identification Virginia voters can use when they cast their vote.  You only need one form, and a few of the most common ones are a driver's license, passport, military ID, social security card or a Virginia voter registration card.

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