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Why Va. could host an election-night nightmare

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's new voter identification law could put the state's election system under the microscope for hours or even days in this fall's dead-even race for the White House and a critical Senate race.

The law, enacted this year, requires voters to bring some form of ID with them to the polls. Those who don't will be given provisional ballots that will be counted only if they provide local electoral boards with proof of residency by noon the Friday after the Nov. 6 election.

With polls showing President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in a tight race and the Senate contest between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen deadlocked, those provisional ballots could be decisive.

Voter registrars hope to avoid chaos by educating voters on acceptable forms of ID.

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