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Voter registration deadline nears

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Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election, which for local voters will include choosing the president and vice president, a U.S. Senator for Virginia, a U.S. representative for the 9th District of Virginia and — in one Grayson district — a supervisor.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must:

• be a resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)

• be a U. S. citizen

• be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)

• not claim the right to vote in any other state

• not be currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

• have had their right to vote restored, if previously convicted of a felony

Registration applications are available at any of the following locations:

• local voter registration office

• online at www.sbe.virginia.gov

• state or local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid or Rehabilitation Services

• government offices in the state that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities

• armed forces recruitment offices

• public libraries

• State Board of Elections offices

• Department of Motor Vehicles offices

• voter registration drives

The completed application can be filed with the local registration office or mailed to the address printed on the form.

If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than Oct. 6.

If delivered in person, the application must be received by Oct. 6

Applications postmarked or received after the deadline will be held and processed after the election.

Military and other persons residing outside of the United States should contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program for registration information.

Once you have submitted your registration form, you should receive a voter registration card in the mail. If you do not receive one, contact your local registrar's office to make sure that your application has been processed.

To improve your chances of successful registration, complete all information blocks on the application. If any information requested does not apply to you, indicate such by writing the word "NONE" or "NA" in that space.

Failure to complete the form properly could result in your registration being delayed or denied. Note that you must provide your social security number, if any, when applying to register to vote in Virginia.

State and local voting officials will use your social security number as a unique identifier to ensure that no person is registered in more than one place. Records containing your social security number will not be open to inspection by the public. Your social security number will appear on reports produced only for official use by voter registration and election officials, and for jury selection purposes by courts.

Absentee Voting

For those who will not be able to vote in person in the November election, Oct. 28 is the deadline to file an absentee ballot application by mail. You may file in person by Nov. 1.

You can contact your local voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application, and it can be returned to the registration office either by mail or fax.

The absentee ballot application must be received in your local voter registration office by Oct. 28 to receive a ballot by mail.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For questions concerning completing the application and voting on election day, call your local registration office:

• Carroll — 730-3035

• Galax — 236-7509

• Grayson — 236-8149, ext. 120, 121 or 122

From Independence: 773-2842

From Whitetop & Troutdale: 1-800-752-5117

Virginia State Board of Elections

www.sbe.virginia.gov

Call Toll Free: 1-800-552-97450