Information circulating via mass emails stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 General Election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to Election Day Nov. 6, 2012 in order to be eligible to vote is false. The State Board of Elections addressed the rumors in a news release Monday. According to the SBE, there is “absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia.” Voters are not removed from the rolls solely for the reason of not voting. Because of the questions raised in the mass emails, it is recommended that voters check their registration status to ensure it is current.
If a voter has not voted since 2008, and also moved since that time, it is possible that a voter’s record may have been moved to inactive status. This shift would occur if mail delivered to the voter was returned undeliverable, and the voter also failed to respond to a later address confirmation mailing. Voters identified as inactive will be permitted to vote after signing a statement at the polling place.
Full Article: State Board of Elections debunks re-registration rumor.