DOES VIRGINIA HAVE SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION?
Virginia now has same-day voter registration. Voters are permitted to register and vote a provisional ballot at their polling location on Election Day and during in-person voting during the Early Voting Period after the registration deadline.
Their voted provisional ballot will be counted as a regular ballot after the newly registered voter’s local registrar is able to review available lists to confirm the voter’s eligibility to register.
In Virginia, the registration deadline to vote in a primary or general election is 22 days before the election. If there is a special election the registration deadline is 14 days before the election, and if the Governor calls an election, the deadline is 7 days.
You can register to vote online if you have a Valid Virginia’s Driver's License or State ID and Social Security Number. Complete the online registration application to begin the process.
To verify your voter registration status, please use the Virginia Department of Elections’ voter information tool.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN VIRGINIA?
To be eligible to register and vote, you must be:
- A resident of Virginia*
- A US Citizen
- 18 years old or older**
- Not claiming the right to vote in any other state
- Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
- Not a convicted felon, unless you have had your right to vote restored
*A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes.
**Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election. Sixteen-year-olds who meet all other qualifications above can pre-register to vote.
HOW DO I UPDATE MY REGISTRATION IF I MOVE OR HAVE A NAME CHANGE?
There are several ways to update your voter registration, including:
- Using the online registration portal
- Completing an address change notification to the DMV
- Submitting an updated Virginia Voter Registration Application (En Español) (Tiếng Việt) (한 국어)
- Sending a letter to your local registrar
To learn more, please use the Virginia Board of Elections’ resource.
I JUST MOVED TO VIRGINIA. HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
Please visit our Registering after Moving resource.
WHERE SHOULD I VOTE IF I DON’T HAVE A RESIDENCE?
If you do not have a residence, you are considered a resident in the place where you usually sleep at night. If you live in an area that lacks a mailing address, your local registrar cannot deny your registration if you do not have a mailing address. You must simply describe where you live specific enough that your registrar can place you in a certain precinct.