Voter registration for 2016 election closes today

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the start of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — On Nov. 8, 2016, many voters nationwide will head to the polls to decide who will be the next commander in chief for the United States — among other things.

If you have not registered to vote for the 2016 General Election, then today is your last chance. Registration ends at 5 p.m. for anyone looking to cast a ballot in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

If you do plan on voting — whether in-person or through an absentee ballot — you can register (or update your existing information) online, at your local registrar’s office or at a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location.

While voter registration ends today, you have until Nov. 1 or 5 to decide whether or not you want to request an absentee ballot. Voters in Virginia could begin submitting absentee ballots in late-September.

Early voting is already underway in many states for the 2016 Presidential Election.

More information on voter registration for Virginia can be found at the Virginia Department of Elections website. In North Carolina, the registration deadline was extended for 36 counties due to Hurricane Matthew.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for the latest updates in the 2016 Presidential Election.