Deadline is today for voter registration in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The deadline to vote in Virginia’s Nov. 7 election is on Monday October 16.

Voters can update or check their registration on www.elections.virginia.gov. To register online, voters need their Virginia DMV customer number.

Registration also can be completed at a local voter registrar, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and U.S. armed forces recruitment offices, and at public libraries.

Those who mail in their registration applications must have them postmarked by Monday at 5 p.m.

To be able to vote, you must be a Virginia resident, a United States citizen, and at least 18 years old.

Both local political parties are encouraging Hampton Roads residents to register before the deadline.

10 On Your Side spoke with Tina Mapes, who is the chairwoman for the Virginia Beach Republican Party.

She says all votes matter especially since many local and state elections are won by narrow margins.

“A lot of people think it’s not that important. Someone else is going to go out to vote but one vote does make a difference. So everyone who can go out to vote, we encourage to have your voice heard,” she says.

Mapes says Republican party volunteers worked hard last year to register many for the presidential election and are busy reminding those voters about the upcoming election.

She believes the gubernatorial results will have a huge impact nationally.

“I definitely think it’s going to be an illustration about politics.  A lot of people are frustrated with what’s going on. I think our candidates are very good and they offer a lot of good plans for Virginia, for everybody in Virginia. I think November will be positive,” she says.

Local Democrats also agree that all eyes will also be on the state’s elections.

Joe Dillard, who is the vice president for the Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats, says they’re expecting many who were frustrated by the election of President Donald Trump to turn out.

“Democrats want to make a show and make a strong push of Hillary not winning. I think Virginia will be the start of that push back where people want to change policy and we’ll see it,” he says.

The narrow race for governor is one of the reasons why big political names were in the commonwealth this weekend to campaign.

Vice President Mike Pence rallied for Republican candidate Ed Gillespie while former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Democratic candidate Ralph Northam.

According to the Virginia Department of Elections, 72 percent of total registered voters cast their ballots in the 2016 election and 43 percent showed up to the polls in the 2013 gubernatorial election.

Dillard says their party is hoping to get millennials out to make the difference because of issues like women’s reproduction rights,gun control, and tension with North Korea.

“Policy starts with us. Your vote counts. We need to turn out in numbers and Virginia is going to change the way the nation views politics,” he says.