Today, Monday, Oct. 15, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 6 general election. As of last week, more than 282,700 Prince William County residents had already taken that step -- likely an all-time high.
The number reflects an increase of more than 48,000 registered voters since the last mid-term election in 2014, according to Virginia Department of Elections records.
September was a particularly busy month for the Prince William County Office of Elections, according to Senior Assistant Deputy Registrar Matthew Wilson.
Since Sept. 1, the county fielded about 25,000 voter-registration applications, an unusually high number that Wilson attributes to the "National Register to Vote Day" and similar efforts promoted heavily over social media, Wilson said.
Most of the applications were from people already registered to vote, but the county added about 1,000 new voters to its rolls in September alone, Wilson said.
Since November of 2017, the county has added about 10,000 voters, Wilson said.
The registration numbers are up slightly in Fauquier County as well. As of Monday, Oct. 15, the county had 50,811 registered voters, 1,654 more than were registered in November 2017, said Fauquier County Registrar Alex Ables.
Registration has been steady in the past few weeks, which is common during the last 45 days before a big election, Ables said.
Since the last mid-term election in 2014, Fauquier County has added 6,432 registered voters, according to state records.
There's still a few hours to register to vote today. Voters can register online here, by mail or in-person.
Voter registration applications received by mail must be clearly postmarked on or before Oct. 15, or submitted online by 11:59 p.m. tonight to meet the voter registration deadline.
In Prince William, check pwcvotes.org for information on where and how to register.
In Fauquier, registration can be done in person at the Fauquier Office of the General Registrar at 528 Waterloo Road, Suite 200, Warrenton. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voters on Nov. 6 will elect a U.S. senator, either incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, or Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, a Republican.
All 435 members of U.S. Congress are also up for re-election.
In the City of Manassas, local contests are on the ballot, including three seats on the city council. In Prince William, there's also a special election for school board chairman. The three candidates on the ballot include Interim School Board Chairman Babur Lateef, Gainesville District School Board Representative Alyson Satterwhite and Stanley Bender.
Any Virginian can check or update his/her registration information or register for the first time at the Virginia Department of Election’s Online Citizen Portal, available at vote.elections.virginia.gov. Registered voters can also preview their ballot and request an absentee ballot through the state website.
To vote, you must:
• be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Virginia.
• be at least 18 years old by the upcoming Nov. 6 general election.
• have had voting rights restored if convicted of a felony.
• have had the capacity restored by court order if declared mentally incapacitated.