Voter registration deadline approaches

Time is running out for those wishing to register to vote or update their addresses to participate in the General Election on Nov. 8.

The registration and address update deadline is Monday. Those registering must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be a citizen of the United States and resident of Virginia. Convicted felons must have had their right to vote restored by the governor to be eligible to participate in the election.

Common places where people can obtain registration forms include local voter registration offices; public libraries; armed forces recruiting stations, Department of Motor Vehicle offices and the state Department of Elections, online or in person.

The completed application can be submitted to the local registration office or mailed to the address printed on the form. Military members and others living outside the United States can obtain registration information by contacting the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Government-approved photo identification is required to vote but not to register. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. Nov. 1, and the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by appearing in person is 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

More details on absentee voting can be found at the Department of Elections website

Lisa McDonald, the voter registrar for Shenandoah County, said this year’s ballot will be longer than usual. She said voters should visit the Department of Elections website or the county’s own website to read sample ballots that contain two proposed constitutional amendments.

“I’d really like them to be aware of those questions,” McDonald said of the referendums.

Carol Tobin, Warren County’s voter registrar, said this will be the first presidential election in the county using paper-based optical scan devices. They were first used in the 2015 primary and used in two other elections later last year.

“They’ve been very well-received,” Tobin said of the devices. “The officers seem to like them very well. Hopefully, the voters will find them easy to use as well.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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