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Final push underway to register Virginia voters


With just a little less than a week to register to vote for November's election, both parties aisle are working to rally voters.

Rev. Al Sharpton was in Richmond Tuesday night, speaking to a packed crowd at Cedar Street Baptist Church. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney plans to stop in Chesterfield Friday to rally support.

"With one week to go in registration, given the issues we face, we should not have to beg anybody to vote this year," Sharpton told a packed building of Obama supporters.

This election, leaders on both sides say getting voters energized and registered in Virginia will be critical to securing a win.

"We are creating the largest ground army in the history of Virginia politics," said Pete Snyder, Chairman of Virginia Victory 2012. "And given that this is the most important election of our lifetime, we need to make sure that everyone is registered to vote."

In fact, a spokeswoman for the DMV says the organization has seen an increase in the number of requests for the mobile DMV which helps voters apply to be registered and get an identification card.

Religious leaders at Tuesday night's rally say they've hit the streets for weeks rallying support.

"We are transporting persons back and forth to the polls," said Minister Yvonne Tunstall.

And Republicans say their efforts are making history.

"We have tens of thousands of volunteers on the ground, knocking on doors, making phone calls and driving voter registration," said Snyder. "It's an unprecedented effort in Virginia history."


The deadline to register to vote is Monday. If you want to know more about Mitt Romney's Chesterfield stop on Friday, we've put all the details on our political blog,

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