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Election coming, ready or not

If you haven’t already heard, there will be an election in November.

The U.S. will seat a president, whether incumbent Barack Obama or newcomer Mitt Romney. Congressional candidates are covering the Commonwealth seeking support of voters.

Political pundits (those who favor particular candidates or guess who is leading the polls) are gazing at their crystal balls and telling the public who is best, who is in front and how the voting will turn out.

Citizens not registered to vote have time to take care of this task before Election Day.

Voting is a privilege and all Americans should take advantage of that opportunity.

Only a few years ago, there was turmoil in the camps when charges of illegal votes being cast and methods of registering potential voters were challenged.

As with any large endeavor, such as registration and elections, there are ensuing problems.

It was reported this month that there are more than 24 million inaccurate or outdated voter records in the U.S. That’s a lot of voters. That’s one in eight.

The Pew Centers on the States, there are an estimated 1.8 million of those on this list who will not be able to cast their vote.

Why? They are dead.

Pew Center official David Becker said electoral boards are unable to keep up with the nation’s mobile society.

Years ago families lived in their hometowns, seldom leaving that community. That’s far from today’s society. They move at the whim and whiff of better things hundreds and thousands of miles away.

Virginia is one of eight states working with the Pew Center on a pilot program to share information in efforts to update the voter registration lists.

Don’t forget an election is headed your way. Vote when it gets here.



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