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False information is circulating about a supposed requirement for inactive voters to re-register in Virginia.
The State Board of Elections is aware of incorrect information circulating via mass e-mails, stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 general election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to election day of Nov. 6 in order to eligible to vote.
“There is absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia,” the board said in a news release.
Voters are not removed from the rolls solely for the reason of not voting. However, it is recommended that voters check 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 Oct. 15, to register or update their registration information.
It is important that voters check registration status well in advance of the Oct. 15 registration deadline in order for any necessary changes to be completed prior to election day.
Check status online at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
Voters who need to update registration information can complete a Virginia voter registration application available at the elections website.
Voters also may contact the state board directly to check registration status. For information call (800) 552-9745.