RICHMOND – Mandatory training for third-party groups seeking to register voters in Virginia will begin this week.

In its last session, the General Assembly passed a law requiring training for individuals or groups obtaining 25 or more voter registration applications from the State Board of Elections or local voter registration office. The law is effective Monday.

The training covers topics including best practices for completion of voter registration applications, maintaining the integrity of the voter registration process, prohibited activities, deadlines for submission of completed applications and law protecting applicant privacy.

The training may also include information about the restoration of felon voting rights.

In-person training will begin Wednesday at the State Board of Elections office at 1100 Bank Street in Richmond. Other scheduled training dates are July 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 22, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25. Training sessions are 90 minutes and start at 10:30 a.m.

Online training is expected to be available later this month. Additional information is available at the Board of Elections Web site.