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How you can participate in 'Your Vote is Your Voice' registration drive

'We want to encourage folks'
Election 2020
Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 17:24:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- With Election Day now less than a month away, the deadline to register to vote in Virginia is Tuesday, Oct. 13.

As of Oct. 1, more than 400,000 Virginians have participated in early voting.

"We need the guidance on registering to vote. We don’t want people to have questions on the 14th and the 15th and you didn’t make the deadline," said Clovia Lawrence, a radio announcer and community engager.

Lawrence, who has been a longtime advocate for voters, will be taking part in the Commonwealth (VA) Chapter of Links, Incorporated's "Your Vote is Your Voice" virtual voter education and registration drive. CBS 6 Problem Solver Shelby Brown will also be participating in the event.

"We want to encourage folks who have been thinking about it, and I know you have so many news stories, you have so many political ads," Lawrence said. "But just think about your own home and your own community and changes you would like to see. And then vote from there, because we have our local, state and federal races as well. But we want you to beat that deadline of Oct. 13."

On Monday, Oct. 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., participants will be able to register to vote and ask questions about the upcoming election.

"We’re not only going to get you registered to vote, but we’re going to talk about the empowerment of voting, the importance of voting, the process of voting and how your vote counts and will make a difference," Lawrence explained.

Due to COVID -19, this election has given voters different options to participate.

Registered voters can request and submit their absentee ballot by mail, vote early in-person or vote-in person on Election Day, Nov. 3.

But with the absentee ballot there is a change. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, having a witness signature is required by law. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, mail-in absentee voting does not require a witness signature this year.

Click here to register to vote. If you would like to take part in "Your Vote is Your Voice" virtual voter education drive on Monday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., call 804-372-7678 or click here.

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