Happy Tuesday! Here are your Virginia Updates for October 12 aka the LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE 🗳
Hello Community! We hope everyone is doing well and had a nice holiday weekend. As we get into the new week, today’s Updates include everything you should to participate in this upcoming election. We encourage you to tag and share with friends and family to get the word out on the Last Day to Register to Vote or Update your Voter Registration.
Here are this week's Virginia Updates - Election Edition 🗳
- How to be a Eligible Voter
- College & University Students
- Active Service Duty Members
- Know Your Voter Rights
- Vaccine Update
- COVID-19 Data
Registration Deadline TODAY
Today, Tuesday, October 12 is the LAST day to register to vote or update your voter registration to participate in the November 2 Election.
- Here is what you need to know -
To be eligible to Register to Vote in Virginia, you must:
Be a resident of Virginia
Be a U. S. Citizen.
Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age by November 2, 2021 will be permitted to register in advance and also vote in the election).
Not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.
You will need to update your voter registration if you:
Moved within your state (moving away to college also counts)
Changed your name
Want to change your political party affiliation
College & University Students
Taking time to register and vote may seem like one more task between writing papers and taking tests, but participating in our nation's democratic process is always worth the effort!
Here are some FAQ's from college students across Virginia.
"I just moved to college, can I still vote in this Election?"
Yes! If you moved to any college within the state of Virginia, you can still vote in-person or by absentee. If you decide you want to vote in your college town, update your voter registration with your new address. If you decide to vote by absentee, request your ballot by October 22.
"Should I register in my home state or my college state?"
If you go to college out of state, you can register to vote in either your home state or where you attend college, but you cannot be registered in both locations. Also keep in mind voter eligibility requirements.
"I don't have a car, how can I get to the polls?"
Colleges across Virginia are offering their students free transportation to polling locations. Ask you college administrators what options they have.
Active Duty Service Members
As a Service member, you can vote absentee while living away from your voting residence. Here's how:
1. Register to vote and request your ballot. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office. Using the FPCA ensures that your state will send your ballot to you at least 45 days before the election.
2. Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives. Vote and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. If you requested your ballot but haven't received it, contact your election office to ask about the status of your ballot request. If there isn't enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Note: Active duty uniformed-service voters, qualifying family members, and overseas citizens temporarily residing outside the United States, are eligible for late registration in person up to and including the day of the election under certain circumstances. Contact your registrar's office for more information.
Know Your Voter Rights
You cannot be denied the right to vote if you are legally qualified to do so. Here are your rights as a voter:
Vote if you have been registered at your current address at least 22 days before Election Day.
Ask any election officer for help.
Be shown how to mark and cast your ballot.
Ask for a new ballot if you want to change your vote before you cast it.
Vote a provisional ballot if your name doesn’t appear on the voter list and you believe it should, or you forgot to bring an acceptable ID and refuse to sign an ID Confirmation Statement.
Bring your child (age 15 or younger) into the voting booth.
Vote if you are in line by 7 pm when the polls close.
For more information visit vote.virginia.gov or
call (800) 552-9745 or TTY 711.
VACCINATE VIRGINIA REMINDER: Virginians age 12+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.
Register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the Vaccinate Virginia website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-275-8343). You can also search for specific vaccines as well as which ones are available near you via the Vaccine Finder website. (link in bio)
Vaccine Summary: As of Tuesday, October 12
Total Doses Administered: 10,694,251
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,212,441 or 61.1%
% of Adults (18+) Fully Vaccinated: 72.6%
People Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 5,847,362 or 68.5%
% of Adults (18+) Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 81.3%
For more information on Virginia's vaccination efforts, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA
The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 895,619. The 895,619 consists of 667,908 confirmed and 227,711 probable cases. There are 13,219 COVID-19 deaths, and Virginia’s 7-day positivity rate is now at 7.8%.
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⚠️ Learn more about COVID-19 in Virginia @ www.vdh.virginia.gov
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