Only five days left to register to vote in Virginia

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The voter-registration deadline in Virginia is Oct. 17.

The voter-registration deadline in Virginia is Oct. 17.

The clock is ticking.

The Nov. 8 election is less than a month away and there are only five days left to register to vote in Virginia. Any residents who have not registered have until Oct. 17 to submit an application, either online or in person, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Voter registration is available online at elections.virginia.gov. To finalize the process, prospective voters will need their DMV customer-identifier number, which appears on DMV-issued identification cards and drivers licenses. Anyone who doesn’t have an ID number from the DMV must complete the online application, print it and bring it to a voter registration office.

To register in person, prospective voters have a few options. One is to go to the local voter registrar’s office, which, for Virginia Beach residents, is at 2449 Princess Anne Rd. Another is to register at a DMV customer service center, DMV mobile office or DMV Select location.

To check if you are already registered, or to find out where your polling place is, call 1-800-522-9475 or check online at https://www.vote.virginia.gov/search.

Voter registration only becomes effective when an application is approved by the local registrar.

Under Virginia law, all voters must bring a photo identification when voting in person at a polling place. A list of approved IDs is here.

To be eligible to register to vote, a person must be: a Virginia resident; a U.S. citizen; 18 years old by Nov. 8, 2016; not registered to vote in another state; not planning to vote in another state; and not currently deemed to be mentally incompetent by a court. In addition, convicted felons must have had their voting rights restored.

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