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The Washington Post
WASHINGTON--Election officials in the Washington area are preparing for high turnout and confusion at the polls Nov. 6 as voters adjust to shifted districts and new identification requirements.
Maryland and Virginia officials said they expect 70 to 80 percent of registered voters to cast ballots, based on the turnout for the 2008 general election.
But congressional redistricting and a new voter-identification law in Virginia could complicate matters if people try to cast ballots at the wrong precinct or do not show valid identification, Prince William Registrar Betty Weimer said.
Virginia's new law, intended to prevent fraud, requires each person to show identification, a government check or utility bill being among the acceptable forms. Voters without identification will be allowed to cast provisional ballots, which would be counted after they submit proof of identification.