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Tuesday deadline for voter registration

If you haven’t registered to vote in next month’s statewide and local elections, tomorrow’s your last chance.

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday. That means you can register in person at your local voter registrar’s office tomorrow, and a mailed-in registration application has to be postmarked by tomorrow. You can pick up mail applications at your local registrar’s office or the DMV, or download one from the state Board of Elections website at

You can also register to vote online at To do that you’ll need your driver’s license or an ID card issued by DMV, because the online registration requires the customer identification number on those cards.

To qualify to vote, you have to be a U.S. citizen and 18 years old, although you can register if you’re 17 now and will be 18 by Nov. 5.  If you’ve been convicted of a felony in the past, your right to vote has to be restored by the governor — and having that right restored doesn’t mean you’re automatically registered to vote.

Election Day is Nov. 5. Virginians will choose their next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as their local House of Delegates member and representatives for several local offices, such as sheriff or county supervisor, depending on the locality.

For more information on where you vote and what will be on your ballot, go to