Mass emails are falsely claiming that voters have to re-register if they haven't voted since the 2008 general election, according to the State Board of Elections.
The board said Monday in a news release that Virginia doesn't have a re-register requirement. Voters aren't taken off the rolls simply for not voting.
But voters are advised to check their registration status if they haven't voted since 2008 and have moved since then. The board said a voter may be shifted to inactive status if a mailing isn't deliverable and they don't respond to a subsequent address confirmation mailing.
Inactive status voters can still vote after they sign a statement at the polling place.
Oct. 15 is the deadline to register or update voter information for the general election.