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SBE Logo.JPGRumor Buster:  No Requirement for Voters 
to “Re-register” in Virginia



For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2012

For More Information:
Nikki Sheridan


False Information Circulating Regarding a Requirement to “Re-register” in Virginia

However, voters encouraged to verify voter registration status for November Election


Richmond, VA – The State Board of Elections (SBE) is aware of incorrect information circulating via mass emails stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 General Election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to Election Day November 6, 2012 in order to be eligible to vote. This information is false. 


There is absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia.  Voters are not removed from the rolls solely for the reason of not voting; however, it is recommended that voters check their registration status to ensure it is current.  If a voter has not voted since 2008, and also moved since that time, it is possible that a voter’s record may have been moved to inactive status.  This shift would occur if mail delivered to the voter was returned undeliverable, and the voter also failed to respond to a later address confirmation mailing.  Voters identified as inactive will be permitted to vote after signing a statement at the polling place. 


The registration deadline is also inaccurate in this rumor. Voters have until 21 days prior to the election, or until October 15, to register or update their registration information. It is imperative that voters check their registration status well in advance of the October 15, 2012 registration deadline in order for any necessary changes to be completed prior to Election Day. 


Voters are encouraged to check their registration status using the SBE website:


Voters who need to update their registration information can do so by completing a Virginia Voter Registration Application available at the SBE website. Additional information about updating registration status is available at SBE’s website.


Voters may also contact SBE directly to check voter registration status.  For more information, please contact SBE at 804.864.8901 or 1.800.552.9745.


Victoria E. Baldwin
Election Uniformity Analyst
State Board of Elections
1100 Bank Street, Washington Building, 1st Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Telephone: 804.864.8943 - BlackBerry: 804.380.4018 - Fax: 804.786.0760


NOTICE: This message is not legal advice, nor a binding statement of official policy. It is intended only for the use of the named addressee(s). Any other use is prohibited. If you received this message in error, please call me at: 800-552-9745, and delete the message and any attachments without forwarding, copying or otherwise disclosing them. This message, including any attachments, may summarize laws, regulations and policies. Furthermore, this message and any responses sent to this email address may be subject to public disclosure under FOIA.



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