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BREAKING: Federal Judge Extends Virginia Voter Registration

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Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016

Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Email: Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Statement on Ruling Extending Voting Registration

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after a federal judge ordered that Virginia’s voter registration process be extended until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016:

“I am pleased that the court has agreed with the request to extend Virginia’s voter registration period after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline. The Commonwealth will fully comply with the court’s order and extend our registration process online, in-person and through the mail.

“The Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Information Technology Agency have been working overtime since Monday night to expand the capacity of the system that allows Virginians to register to vote online, and I am confident that the steps we have taken will provide an improved experience to people who use it.

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“However, I do want to urge Virginians who are interested in registering to vote to act as quickly as possible and, if they are able, to take advantage of all of the available ways to register to vote during this period, including visiting a local registrar’s office or a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

“Additionally, in the event that there are unexpected technology issues, we urge Virginians to contact the Department of Elections and indicate that they are attempting to register, so that staff can follow up and ensure that they make it through the process.

“The right to vote is one of the most sacred tenets of our democracy and we should do everything we can to make it accessible to as many people as possible. I am pleased that we are able to offer the individuals who were unable to register another opportunity to make their voices heard and we are working hard to ensure that this process, as well as the remainder of this election cycle, is smooth and easy for everyone who participates.”

For more information on how to register to vote, please visit http://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/.

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To view the published statement, please visit: http://bit.ly/2eKJB32

 

Elliot Meyer
Press Assistant
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Direct: (804) 786-4401
General: (804) 786-2211

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Next General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the November 8, 2016 General Election is Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016


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  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the November 8, 2016 General Election is Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016

 

Virginia Absentee Ballot Application

You can apply to vote absentee as early as one year before the election. Ballots are available 45 days before most elections. The deadline for receipt of your application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 PM the Tuesday before the election. You can contact the State Board of Elections at 800-552-9745 or info@sbe.virginia.gov.

Before visiting your local registrar’s office, check your registration status or call your registrar’s office (phone numbers available here). Also review the application to insure you have all of the information necessary to complete the process. If you are not already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only).

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True South: Unleashing Democracy 50 Years After the Mississippi Summer Project

True South: Unleashing Democracy 50 Years After the Mississippi Summer Project

The conventional wisdom in the South is that despite gains on the local level, candidates who represent the views of people of color cannot win statewide office. But this conventional wisdom ignores the numbers. In 2012 there were 3.7 million unregistered black voters, 3.2 million unregistered Hispanics and 750,000 unregistered Asians in the Black Belt.

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The Freedom Summer activists understood that politics is at least in part a numbers game. We need to realize that communities of color have the potential to shift the balance of power in the U.S South through sheer force of numbers. Voter registration can make the future come faster in the Black Belt, and 50 years after Freedom Summer, it is time for another bold leap forward.

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We have the antidote to voter suppression. In fact, we’ve always had it. We have known what it is for at least half a century. Fifty years ago this month, Freedom Summer activists risked life and limb to register voters in Mississippi and spread the gospel of democracy across the southern United States.