CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- On National Voter Registration Day, county officials encouraged people to make their voices heard.
“It is critical, if you are not registered to vote, to go ahead and do that while you have an opportunity,” Susan Beals, Chairwoman of the Chesterfield County Electoral Board, said.
To register to vote in Virginia, voters must be a resident of the state, a U.S. citizen, and at least 18-years old.
Voters in Virginia cannot be registered to vote in another state, or be declared mentally incompetent. Convicted felons should make sure their right to vote has been restored.
To get registered, you can go online to the state’s Department of Elections website, or visit your local registrar’s office.
Beals said it’s an easy process that should only take a few minutes.
“You have until October 13 to get registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Beals. “And that also includes if you need to change your registration, if you’ve moved, or if you have some new information that needs to be changed on it — all those changes need to be made by October 13.”
Nearly 255,000 people were registered to vote in Chesterfield as of September 21, according to a release.
Beals said more than 1,100 voters came out to the Chesterfield Registrar’s Office for the first day of early voting Friday.
That’s a rate of more than 100 people per hour.