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The country faces existential crises including climate change and attacks on our democratic system. We have an extremist Supreme Court that is dismantling the freedoms and social progress the country has built over the past several decades. Virginia has a right-wing governor and a Republican-controlled House of Delegates, with only a single-vote Democratic majority in the state Senate. What can you do to preserve our planet and our country? How can you protect abortion rights and foster social justice in Virginia?

VOTE. Voting is one of the most important things you can do. And now it’s one of the easiest. In recent years, a Democratic majority in the state legislature and a Democratic governor reformed Virginia’s voting procedures to make it much easier for every eligible voter in the state to cast a ballot.

Every election in Virginia matters. Democrats will concede nothing, so long as we elect informed, dedicated, capable, and sensible representatives at all levels of government. From the Presidency down to our local school board, your vote can help make that happen. If you haven’t already registered, right now is the time to do so.

Make sure your like-minded friends are also registered and vote. Arlington is a transient community – a relatively high percentage of our residents move in or out in any given year. Arlington is also an important part of heavily blue Northern Virginia, which must turn out its voters to present a strong voice in statewide races. Northern Virginia Democrats are the power that keeps Virginia’s Electoral College votes blue in Presidential elections. When Northern Virginians don’t register and vote, state government swings right. So get registered and vote every year. Persuade your friends to do the same.

Here's how:

If you voted in Arlington in last year’s election, and you haven’t moved or changed your name since then, last year’s registration remains in effect and you don’t need to re-register.

If you’re registered but have moved since you last voted, click here to update your address.

If you’re unsure of your registration status, you can check it here. While this webpage does not expressly state that you can use it for this purpose, if you enter the information requested, a page will pop open that in fact tells you whether your registration is active.

If you’re not already registered, the deadline to register online for this November’s election is October 17, 2022. If you’re unregistered and have a Virginia driver’s license or I.D. card, you can register online here.

If you’re unregistered and don’t have a Virginia driver’s license or I.D. card, you can register by mail or in person. To register by mail to vote in Arlington, download and print the English-language application form here and mail it to the Office of Voter Registration at Suite 320, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22201. The application form is available in Spanish here and in Vietnamese here.

To register in person to vote in Arlington, go to the Office of Voter Registration at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. You will not need identification or proof of your address.

If you’re already registered and you’d like to vote absentee by mail this year, click here.

If you’re already registered and you’d like to vote early in Arlington this year, you can go to Suite 320, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, at any of these times to vote:

· Friday, September 23, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

· Monday, September 26, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

· Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

· Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

· Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

To vote in person on Election Day, you must go to the polling location for the precinct where you live. If you aren’t sure where your polling place is, click here. On Nov. 8, the precinct polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

If you have a question about registration that’s not been answered in this summary, call the Arlington Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

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