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Oct. 16 is deadline to register to vote in November election

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Staff Report

Oct. 16 is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia’s Nov. 7 general election.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov.

To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or drivers’ 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.

Customers may also apply to register to vote at their local registrar’s office or at any of the 75 Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers.

DMV customers who need to update their address with both agencies may do so electronically on DMV’s website: dmvNOW.com.

Citizens are urged to check their voting status before the Oct. 16 deadline. If you need to find out if you are registered to vote or where your polling precinct is located, see elections.virginia.gov or 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 approved by your local registrar. Once an application is approved, a registration confirmation letter will be mailed to you from your local registrar’s office.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, you must: be a Virginia resident and U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. (Any person who is age 17 and will be 18 by Nov. 7 may register.)

Virginia law 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, see elections.virginia.gov.