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Editorial: Vote now, or forever hold your tongue

It’s an old saying, and a true one: if you don’t exercise your right to vote, you have no reason to complain about the people who were elected.

Before voting, you have to do one thing: qualify for voting by registering in the county or city where you reside. This is far, far easier to do than it was 10, 20, or 100 years ago.

This year, the deadline to register is Oct. 13—five days away.

The State Department of Elections has full information on its website,

In summary, to be eligible to register, the individual must be a resident of Virginia, a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, not registered and planning to vote in another state, not declared mentally incompetent, and if convicted of a felony, have had the right to vote restored.

Eligible persons can register online through They can visit the registrar’s office in their counties; and at state or local government offices when app...

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