Meeting tonight to quell re-registration rumors for November election

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Posted on July 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 6:18 PM

RICHMOND-If you're registered to vote in Virginia, but haven't cast your ballot for a while, don't worry.

Despite an email going around, you do not need to re-register and you have longer than the email states to make sure you're signed up, Board of Elections officials say.

The emails say anyone who hasn't voted since 2008 must register again to vote in the November election.

There is no requirement to re-register in Virginia and voters are never removed from the rolls just because they haven't voted, they stress.

Members of the Virginia General Assembly's Legislative Black Caucus are worried the mis-information will keep minorities away.

"One thing that's going around a lot is that you have to have a picture ID," said Del. Jeion Ward.

If you haven't voted since 2008 and have moved since then, you could be on inactive status. But officials say you can still vote after signing a statement at the polling place.

You can go online to make sure that you're registered or call 804-864-8901 or 1-800-552-9745.

Voters have until 21 days prior to the election, or until October 15, to register or update their registration information in order to vote on November 6.

The Caucus is holding a meeting Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hampton City Hall, 22 Lincoln Street on the 8th floor.

 

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