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