CALLS INCREASE AS VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHES
~New Voter Registrations and Changes of Address Must Be Submitted By 10/5/09~
For Immediate Release:
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RICHMOND, VA – As the voter registration deadline draws closer and campaigns continue to raise their visibility, Virginians have increased the number of inquiries to the State Board of Elections (SBE) and local registrar’s offices. Questions range from registration deadlines to the date of the election to candidates on the ballot.
The deadline to register to vote or update one’s registration in Virginia for the November 3 election is this Monday, October 5. Applications for first-time voters may be submitted by mail or in person to the local voter registrar.
Virginia residents are encouraged to check their voter status, polling place location, and a sample of their local ballot by checking the State Board of Elections website (www.sbe.virginia.gov), by calling SBE at 1-800-552-9745 or by calling their local registrar’s office.
Also, over 400,000 Virginians have received a blue post card entitled “Address Confirmation Notice” from SBE. This notice was sent to those voters because they have a different address than what appears on their current voter registration record. These voters need to verify which address is correct. To avoid delays in voting, those citizens are asked to return this address confirmation notice by October 5th. The mailing helps to ensure the accuracy of voter lists in the Commonwealth.
Virginia residents who have already registered to vote, but only need to update their name or address may use a Virginia Voter Registration Application. Once completed with the new name and address information the application may be mailed or faxed to their local registrar’s office or submitted in person.
Voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 5, 2009, for the November election. If the application is faxed or dropped off in person, it must be in the voter registration office by close of business on Monday, October 5.
For more information on all things involving elections in the Commonwealth, please visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov.