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Voter Guide: What you need to know before heading to the polls

Midterm Elections | Nov. 6, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, voters across the nation head to the polls. In Virginia, there are several competitive congressional races that could help determine control of the U.S. House.

Voters will also cast ballots in a U.S. Senate contest between Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart.

WAVY.com Candidate Profiles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In Virginia, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in North Carolina polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All voters are required to have a valid form of identification. If you’re wondering what type of IDs are acceptable, you can find a full list on the Virginia Department of Elections’ website.

People without an ID on Nov. 6 will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot. Voters who use the provisional ballot will be required to provide an acceptable form of ID to their local electoral board by noon on Friday, Nov. 9.

If you are in line by 7 p.m., you’re guaranteed the opportunity to vote. You must vote at the polling place where you are registered. Click here to look up your voter information

If you live in Chesapeake, double check your polling place, as there are several precinct changes for this election.

Anyone not already registered will not be able to vote. Virginia does not allow same-day registration.

WHO'S ON THE BALLOT?

Head to the WAVY.com 'Candidate Profiles' page to read and watch in-depth profiles of the candidates who matter to you, including an extensive look at where the candidates for Senate, incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and his Republican challenger Corey Stewart and Libertarian challenger Matt Waters, stand on Virginia's most pressing issues.  This is the only statewide contest this year and Kaine is the heavy favorite to win.

You'll also find complete coverage and raw, full-length interviews from our sit-down interviews with other candidates, including those vying for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, incumbent Rob Wittman (R) and Democratic challenger Vangie Williams.

The race for House District 2 is another swing district with a vulnerable Republican. GOP U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor is seeking a second term in a district Northam won by four percentage points. The former Navy SEAL is running against Democrat Elaine Luria, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who spent 20 years on active duty.

The race was marked by a ballot-fraud scandal that tainted Taylor’s campaign. Some of Taylor’s staff members were accused of forging voters’ signatures to help place a third-party “spoiler candidate” on the ballot.

Click here for the complete list of candidate profiles.

ANYTHING ELSE ON THE BALLOT THIS YEAR?

Virginia voters won’t just be deciding who will represent them in Congress and locally when they cast their ballots on Election Day. There are also two constitutional amendments.

Both relate to property tax exemptions.

One is directly aimed at addressing increased flooding in our area. It would basically give a tax break to property owners who execute flood abatement projects on their property. Click here for WAVY's coverage of this amendment.

The other amendment deals with a tax exemption for the surviving spouses of disabled veterans. To read more about that amendment, click here. 

FREE RIDES TO THE POLLS

Don't let a lack of transportation keep you from voting. Several taxi and ride-share companies are offering free or discounted rides to the polls for the midterm elections Tuesday. You can also hop on a bike for free. Click here for full details.


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