According to the State Board of Elections, incorrect information has been circulating via mass e-mails, stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 general election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to Nov. 6 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2012 election. This information is false, a release stated.
There is no requirement to re-register in Virginia. Voters are not removed from the rolls solely for the reason of not voting; however, it is recommended that voters check their registration status to ensure it is current. If a voter has not voted since 2008, and also moved since that time, it is possible that a voter’s record may have been moved to inactive status, SBE said.
This shift would occur if mail delivered to the voter was returned undeliverable, and the voter also failed to respond to a later address confirmation mailing. Voters identified as inactive will be permitted to vote after signing a statement at the polling place.
The registration deadline is also inaccurate in this rumor. Voters have until 21 days prior to the election, or until Oct. 15, to register or update their registration information. It is imperative that voters check their registration status well in advance of the Oct. 15 deadline in order for any necessary changes to be completed prior to Election Day.
Voters are encouraged to check their registration status using the SBE website at www.SBE.virginia.gov.