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Letters leave some voters thinking they can’t vote

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

If you received a letter from Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) claiming you’ve moved out of state and can’t vote, don’t panic. It probably was a mistake.

Edgardo Cortés, ELECT commissioner, announced Wednesday that the agency “erroneously” sent letters to as many as 125,000 voters telling them they had moved out of Virginia and, therefore, were no longer eligible to vote.

The letters indicate the voter has moved out of state, “when in fact they may have moved within the state.  We are working quickly to remedy this mistake with a new mailing to the impacted voters,” states the announcement. “No voter has been or will be removed from the rolls based simply on receiving this letter.”

Voters who received one of the letters are asked to review and verify their registration address at ELECT’s website, vote.virginia.gov, or by contacting their local voter registration office. In Pulaski County, the office is located in the western end of Maple Shade Plaza in Pulaski.

Those receiving the erroneous letters will receive a follow-up letter from ELECT to clarify the error and provide instructions so they can verify their registration information.

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