(WFXR) – Time is running out for Virginians to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in the upcoming election on Nov. 2.
“You absolutely must participate in the process,” said Brenda Hale, the president of the Roanoke chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The civil rights organization constantly hosts voter drives throughout the community.
“It’s our history. It’s our history. We’re standing here today on the backs of our ancestors who sacrificed so much for us. They protested. They bled. They died. They sacrificed the ultimate,” said Hale. “When you give your life for something as important as voting, then we cannot dishonor them. We have a fiduciary duty to honor their memory.”
“Be involved in the process. It’s our civic duty and it’s painless,” said City of Roanoke’s General Registrar Andrew Cochran, who is also the director of elections for the city.
The painless process consists of a person completing a simple form either in person or online. When filling out the form, Cochran says to make sure to answer the very first question, which asks if you are a U.S. citizen.
“A lot of people miss checking that box. So if they miss that then we have to deny it,” said Cochran.
Voting officials say denying a voter registration form is something they do not want to do because they, like many others, understand the importance of every vote.
“A lot of people say ‘my vote doesn’t matter, my vote doesn’t count.’ Yes your vote matters and every vote counts,” said Hale.
If you register to vote in person, the voter registration form must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in order to vote in the Nov. 2 election. If you register online, the form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. Click here to register to vote online.
Election officials also say if you are already registered to vote, you should check your information to ensure it is current. If you need to make a change, it must be done by the aforementioned deadlines in order for the new information to be valid for Election Day.
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