Voter Registration Deadline

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

The voter registration period is over for the upcoming election in Virginia. Registrars across the commonwealth locked the doors on Monday at 5pm.

Plenty of voters made it just in time to make the five o-clock deadline. Rockingham county registrar, Doug Geib, had a busy day, lots of foot traffic and phones ringing off the hook.

Phone ringing in the background; "As soon as our doors opened at 8 o'clock, we've been getting lots of phone calls, people wanting to come in and vote absentee, and bringing in their application to register to vote. Its been a steady flow of people. All the procrastinators want to make the changes on the last day," laughs Geib.

Stacey Jessee was changing her address at the registrars office today. She admits, "I'm a procrastinator, but I've been busy working and stuff."

Jamila Ali's son fits in that category too. She brought in her son's registration form this afternoon. "He's just a kid. (laughs) His mama's been on him, I'm like, 'get that card in there," says Ali.

Luckily they made it before the office closed for the day. Ali says she's glad she was able to help out her son today. It's important to her that he votes.

"If I hadn't told him, 'look again', he would have gone down there and his vote wouldn't have counted, because he wouldn't be registered, he wouldn't be able to vote," Ali says.

Others have been registered and voting for years. They are not going to let an address mistake hold them back.

Voter Elwood Ralph Link Jr had an error on his new voter registration card. He says, "every election is important. I try to vote, I haven't missed a voting for a good many years now. And I think a person ought to let his feelings be known."

Work doesn't stop here for Geib. He wants to remind everyone; "we still want people to look at their calendar to make sure that they can vote on election day. If not, absentee ballot voting is open in our office. They can vote two ways, in person in our office or by mail. So, don't wait till the last minute."

Rockingham county's office wasn't the only busy one. Augusta county's registrar says her office was packed all day. She says since January first, more than 18-hundred people have registered for the first time in Augusta county.


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