Voter Registration Deadline: One Week From Today

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    Lowell and Barack ObamaJust a quick reminder that if you’re not already registered to vote in Virginia, or have moved since the last time you voted, October 12th is the deadline for your application to be postmarked or delivered to your local Voter Registration Office. The State Board of Elections website has all the details.

    Why’s it so critical to vote this year? I’ll let President Obama take that from his must-read Rolling Stone interview:

    Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.

    Photo via Flickr’s Waldo Jaquith

    • If you have time on any weekday between 10am and 9pm, and you want to register lots of voters, all you need to do is go to George Mason University.  There are so many unregistered voters and students who need to change their address to vote here in Northern Virginia, that it would make your head spin.  We have all the supplies you need on campus.  Contact georgemasondems@gmail.com if you’d like to help.

      While students have the option of registering here or in their hometown, it is highly recommended that they register here for the following reasons:

      1.  No matter where they’re from, chances are that their home district is not as competitive as the 11th — so their vote here will count even more.

      2.  Getting students to send in the absentee ballot application is hard enough.  Hoping that they will receive the ballot and actually mail it in is something over which we have almost no influence.  It’s much easier to register them here, and remind them to vote here.