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Thousands of people removed from voter rolls in Newport News

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 08, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - About 3,000 people are being removed from voter rolls in the city ahead of November's elections, the city's registrar tells News 3.

Vicki Lewis says these are voters who did not respond to a notice about a change of address and did not vote in the last two federal elections in 2018 and 2020.

A state delegate held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to call for people to make sure their registration is up-to-date ahead of Election Day on November 2.

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News) and Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) will also be holding a day of action on Sunday to register people to vote.

"Especially for a lot of younger voters, people move around a lot and I'm just worried that people may have missed this postcard that was sent to them," said Simonds.

Simonds lost an election in 2017 after she and her opponent tied and in a tie-breaker her opponent's name was drawn from a bowl.

"Every vote gets me riled up because that one vote could be the one vote that decides an election this November just like it has in the past," she said.

People in Newport News have until 5 p.m. on October 11 to register. They can register online through the Department of Elections website.

"For the love of God, please check your voter registration status before Election Day on November 2. If you were removed from the voter rolls, you have plenty of time to get back on," said Simonds.

Lewis said the number of voters being removed may appear higher than normal due to the number of voters who registered to vote ahead of the 2016 election.

Stay with News 3 for updates on this developing story.

Click here for our full guide to the 2021 Virginia elections.