Are you registered to vote? Today is the day to find out- it's National Voter Registration Day.
You can check if you're registered wherever you can get access to the internet.
Just go to elections.virginia.gov and click on 'Registration'. Go to view your info, and there you'll find a link to check your status.
You just have to put in some basic information, but if you are registered, you'll find out your voting history and where you're supposed to vote this time around.
On this website you can also register to vote.
You just need a drivers license or state ID, social security number and birth date to get started.
You can also do this in-person at your local registrar's office.
In Virginia, there are some important deadlines:
- October 13 is the last day to register to vote.
- You can request an absentee ballot online or from your local registrar and you have until October 23 to do so.
- In person early voting already started in Virginia and runs until October 31.
- November 3rd is the last day to postmark a mail-in ballot.
If you live in North Carolina, you can get all this information too. Just head to ncsbe.gov, the state board of elections website.
To find out if you're registered, click on registering at the top and 'checking your registration' to find the search tool. You'll need to provide some basic information.
You can also get help registering to vote - with links to online registering through the DMV and a mail-in registration form.
In North Carolina, the deadline to register to vote is October 9. If you mail-in an application it has to be received by then.
Like Virginia, North Carolina allows anyone to vote absentee for any reason, but the county board of elections has to receive your ballot request by October 27 at 5 p.m. so do not wait.
In North Carolina in-person early voting starts October 15 and ends on the 31. Absentee ballots must be either returned or postmarked no later than election day, to be counted.
So far, more than 900,000 people in North Carolina have requested absentee ballots with more than 120,000 already cast.
If you do plan to vote absentee, make sure you follow the directions because if not, your ballot could be thrown out.
More than a half-million ballots were thrown out during the presidential primaries.