Believe it or not, the November election is just over one month away. This is a crucial election, as many believe that the majority in the United States Senate is in play. It is imperative that you get out on November 4th and let your voice be heard. In order to do that, however, you must make sure that your voter registration is current. If you have never registered, or if you have moved since the last election, you will need to register by Tuesday, October 14 in order to vote in November.
You can register to vote at your local registrar’s office or online at the Virginia Department of Elections website at www.elections.virginia.gov. You can also go there to verify your current registration status.
To complete the application process online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver’s licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier may still fill out the registration application online, but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office.
DMV customers may apply to register to vote at any of the 75 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers, five mobile offices, or 55 DMV Select locations throughout the state. For information on DMV locations, hours and schedules, visit www.dmvNOW.com.
I would encourage you to check your registration status before the October 14 deadline. If you would like to check your registration status or find out where you vote, you can do so online at www.elections.virginia.gov, call 1-800-552-9745, or contact your local voter registrar.
Citizens are not registered to vote until a paper or online voter registration application is completed, signed, and approved by your local registrar. Once an application is approved, a voter registration card will be mailed to you from your local registrar's office.
To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, you must:
be a resident of Virginia
be a U.S. citizen
be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years old by November 4 may register)
not be registered and/or plan to vote in any other state
not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
have had your right to vote restored, if convicted of a felony
Virginia law now requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification when voting in person at their polling place. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, visit www.elections.virginia.gov
If you are going to be away on Election Day and would like to vote absentee, please go to http://www.vagopabsentee.com/. Citizens who qualify to vote absentee are also able to vote in person at their local registrar’s office. The last day to vote in person absentee is November 1. The last day that an absentee ballot can be mailed to you is October 28. If you have questions about the absentee ballot process, your eligibility to vote absentee, or hours for in person absentee voting, I encourage you to contact your local registrar.
If you have any other questions about the voter registration process, or other general questions about the upcoming election, please do not hesitate to contact us. If we can’t answer your question we are happy to help direct you to someone who can. You can reach me by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov, or by phone at 540-448-3999.