Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration deadline

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 9:51 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) - A federal district judge has extended the deadline for residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia to register to vote through Thursday, October 15, 2020. The previous deadline was October 13, and was extended because the state’s elections website was down much of Tuesday because of a cut internet fiber.

Click here to see the court order.

The elections department says this extension will provide all eligible Virginians with the opportunity to participate in the 2020 November General and Special Elections by registering to vote on or before October 15. Eligible Virginians may submit a voter registration application or update an existing voter registration record in any of the following methods:

· In-person to the office of their local general registrar by 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15

· By mail postmarked on or before Thursday, October 15

· Online at elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 15

· To an NVRA-designated state agency, such as the DMV or a social services office, by October 15

Currently registered Virginia voters and eligible Virginians who have already submitted registration applications do not need to take any additional action.

Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Chris Piper said, “The Department welcomes today’s court decision to extend the voter registration deadline through Thursday, October 15th. This gives eligible Virginians additional time to register or update their current voter registration record. We encourage Virginians to access the Citizen’s Portal at elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo today or use one of the many other options available for registering to vote.”

In addition to registering to vote, Virginians may check their current voter registration status, find their polling location and apply for an absentee ballot on the Department’s Citizen Portal at elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo.

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