League of Women Voters



Virginia Absentee Ballot Process

You may now request an absentee ballot online! Just fill out and submit this form before the deadline.

You are eligible for absentee voting if you:

Virginia ID Needed for Voter Registration

When submitting your voter registration by mail for the first time, you must provide your Social Security number on the application and a copy of one of the following with your application:

Virginia Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, Mary 1, 2018 (May General and Special Elections). The registration deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.


Virginia ID Needed for Voting

Voters must show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

Virginia Early Voting

For more information on times and locations please contact your local registrar.

To qualify for absentee in-person voting you must be:

  • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation, will be absent from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;

Virginia Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

The registration deadline to vote in the general election is 22 days before the election. If there is a special election the registration deadline is 13 days before the election and if the Governor calls an election the deadline is 7 days.


Any person, regardless disability status, has the right to register to vote at any office or agency that provides such a service. These offices include but are not limited to: Department of Health (VDH), Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Mental Health (DMHRSAR), Department for Rehabilitation Services (DRS), Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).

Virginia Voting Machines

The voting machine systems used in Virginia are optical scan, voter assist terminal and paper ballots. Beginning November 2017, Virginia will no longer be using the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines.


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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