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Make A Plan to Vote!

October 14, 2022

As many are aware, we have elections this year in Virginia and throughout the US. If you missed the recent Faith & Democracy Sunday at Rock Spring, you can watch it here to learn more.

Rock Spring’s Faith & Democracy Task Force thanks everyone who participated in sending 3000 postcards to low propensity voters through the Center for Common Good.  The Task Forces urges everyone to make a plan to vote this year.  Here’s more information.

Register to vote/check your registration

October 17 is the last day to register to vote in Virginia’s November 8 election (required if you’re not registered, you’ve moved, or need to change your address). This year, Virginians can even register to vote at early voting locations or on election day – but they will only be voting with a provisional ballot, so registration by October 17 is strongly recommended. For information about all states, the League of Women Voters  is a great resource.

Vote Early in Person

The most convenient and recommended option to cast your vote. No-excuse early voting early is available now in Virginia. Multiple locations are open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.

Note that absentee voting for drop off or mail-in is still available, but has additional requirements, including witness signature. In-person early voting is preferable. Students away at college or university, but still registered to vote at home, should vote at early voting locations when home – or if they won’t visit before elections, they need to request and send their mail-in absentee ballot! Or, if your student’s school is in a competitive Virginia district, or in a state where they can register to vote, they can change their voter registration address and vote locally where they are at school  (go to Virginia online registration portal). Great resources at Rock the Vote.

Vote on Election Day

Vote at your designated polling location between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8. This is your last opportunity to cast your vote. Check for your polling place here.

Other ways to be involved

Center for Common Ground is organizing texting to 3 million Black voters generally in the Southeast who did not vote in 2020 or 2018. To join this effort, complete the Action Network Form indicating which state you would like to text as well as any texting tools where you have experience. (No experience is needed).

Poll observers and voter phone hotline operators are needed throughout Virginia to support voter protection efforts and make sure that every voter is given their legal rights to cast a ballot. This activity goes on during early voting and on November 8, and can be done by anyone willing to attend 1-2 hours of training, even those who are not registered to vote in Virginia.

For more information, or to find out about volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Bergner.