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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Media Contact: Sunni Brown
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6834

Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is Oct. 15
Virginians Should Verify Voting Status, Polling Location

RICHMOND - The deadline to apply to register to vote in the November 5, 2013 election is Tuesday, October 15. Customers may apply to register to vote at any of the 75 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) brick and mortar customer service centers, five mobile offices, or 57 DMV Select locations throughout the state. For information on DMV locations, hours and schedules, visit http://www.dmvNOW.com.

Virginians may also apply to register to vote at their local registrar's office or online at the State Board of Elections (SBE) website (http://www.sbe.virginia.gov). SBE launched online voter registration in July.

To complete the application process online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver's 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.

Citizens are urged to check their voting status before the October 15 application deadline. If you need to find out if you are registered to vote or where your polling precinct is located, visit the Virginia State Board of Elections (http://www.sbe.virginia.gov), 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 completed, signed and approved by your local registrar. Once an application is approved, a voter registration card will be mailed to you from your local registrar's office.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, you must:

  • be a resident of Virginia
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years old by November 5 may register)
  • not be registered and/or plan to vote in any other state
  • not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • have had your right to vote restored, if convicted of a felony
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