Voter registration deadline is quickly approaching

Posted at 10:58 PM, Oct 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-13 23:00:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — If you want to cast your ballot in this year’s gubernatorial election, the deadline is quickly approaching. You must register by Tuesday, Oct. 15 in order to vote on Nov. 5.

The governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are all up for election this year. Also, members of the House of Delegates and other issues will be on the ballot.

If you haven’t registered or don’t know if you’re registered, you can check on the Virginia State Board of Elections. You can also register with the Department of Motor Vehicles, a public library, through a voter registration drive or with your local registration office.

You can download a blank copy of the application online and mail it in on your own time, too. The application must be postmarked by Oct. 15 in order to be eligible to vote this year.

You will not be registered until your application is approved and you receive a voter registration card in the mail.

If you’re away from home this year at the time of the election, be sure to request an absentee ballot. You can download the application for an absentee ballot online.

Before requesting an absentee ballot, check the list of requirements to ensure your eligibility. The application can be turned into your local registrar’s office. If the application is approved, your absentee ballot should arrive in the mail.

Have your ballot postmarked or turn it into the local registrar before 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5.

If you plan on voting in-person on Election Day, don’t forget a valid form of identification. That list can also be found online.