Voter registration gets a bit easier

Posted: July 25, 2013

The Winchester Star

Richmond — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and State Board of Elections (SBE) have joined together so residents can register to vote online.

Virginia residents can now also check and update their registration online at their convenience.

Justin Riemer, deputy secretary for the SBE, offered instructions and information on the process:

Go to the SBE website at and enter in the required information, including Social Security number, DMV identification number, date of birth and other required information. Individuals who do not have a DMV identification number may still fill out their application online, but must print and mail the form to their local general registrar.

The registrar ultimately makes the final determination on whether an individual is registered.

If the registrar accepts the application or update to the voter record, the voter’s signature on file with the DMV will be sent along with the application to the registrar and will serve as the voter’s signature for purposes of registration.

Residents will be mailed a voter card letting them know they have successfully registered or changed their information.

For more information, visit the SBE website.

— Contact Laurie Connelly at