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Absentee Ballot Process

You may now request an absentee ballot online! Just fill out and submit this form before the deadline (5pm 11 days before the election). All voters a... Read More

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Virginia voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Registration Deadlines

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
By Mail
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In Person
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Virginia Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

You may now request an absentee ballot online! Just fill out and submit this form before the deadline (5pm 11 days before the election).

All voters are eligible for absentee voting either in-person or by mail for 45 days before the election. You can request your absentee ballot at any time during the year.

Voted mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and be received by your local registrar by noon on the third day after the election in order to be counted.

You can check the status of your absentee ballot with the Absentee Ballot Status Look Up tool.

As a reminder, first time voters who registered through the mail may vote absentee, but you must mail a copy of one of the below forms of ID with your absentee ballot:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Other government document that confirms name and address

Emergency Absentee Voting

You can apply for an emergency absentee ballot if you:

  • Are hospitalized or have an illness
  • You are dealing with a hospitalization, illness or death of a spouse, child or parent
  • Have another emergency found to justify an emergency absentee ballot

If you meet these requirements, you can have a designated representative request an absentee ballot through the day before the election. You must complete the application and deliver it to the local registrar's office by 2pm the day before the election. Voted ballots must be returned before the polls close on Election Day.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Early Voting

All voters are eligible for absentee voting either in-person or by mail for 45 days before the election, and can request mail ballots be sent to you for an entire year.

First time voters  in their county or city, who registered by mail, are qualified to vote by mail only if one of six excuses apply.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/virginia.

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

 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to register and vote in Virginia, you must be:

  • A resident of Virginia (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)
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • 18 years old (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)
  • 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

 

ID Needed for Voter Registration

You must provide your Social Security number on the application, but no ID is required. Click here to download your state's registration form.

ID Needed for Voting?

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

  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • US Passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student ID issued by any community college or university in the US
  • Other US or Virginia government issued photo ID
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID card
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing the name and address of the voter

For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

Visit www.workelections.com to find localized information for becoming a poll worker in your area. 

In order to be a poll worker in Virginia:

  • You must be registered to vote in Virginia
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You must complete required training.
  • Must be a US citizen
  • You cannot hold an elected office or be the employee of an elected official
  • You must be able to speak, read and write English

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your local election office.

Provisional Voting

Provisional ballots are counted 7 calendar days after the election.

There are several reasons a voter may vote a provisional ballot:

  • If your name is not on the poll book and you believe you are registered in that precinct and the registrar's office cannot be reached to verify your registration status
  • Voters who do not bring an accepted form of ID to the polls, and who do not complete an ID Confirmation Statement, will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot
  • If you registered by mail and fail to show one of the required forms of ID when voting for the first time in a Federal election
  • If you were sent an absentee ballot but did not receive or lost the ballot or had returned the ballot and also appears at the regular polling place on Election Day
  • If the normal voting hours are extended by court order
  • If the poll book shows that you have already cast a ballot in the current election

The election official will tell you when and where the Electoral Board will meet and will give you a phone number to call and find out the status of your provisional ballot.

Voters who do not bring a form of ID to the polls will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. Once you complete the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election official on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. All information on how to submit the proper ID will be given at this time.

You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID, or sign and submit an ID Confirmation Statement, to the local election board in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.  You can submit your ID, or signed ID Confirmation Statement, through fax, email, in person or through the USPS or a commercial delivery service.  The copy of the ID, or signed ID Confirmation Statement, must be delivered by noon on Friday, a Friday postmark does not count.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

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).

Your local registrar's office also has registration forms and should be able to accommodate any special needs. In addition, you can download a voter registration form from the state board of elections website.

  • Curbside voting is still available for people ages 65 and older, or any person with a disability; all jurisdictions use paper ballots. To vote curbside you must ask your driver or other individual to inform the election officers that there is a person who wishes to vote curbside. The necessary materials will then be brought to you in your vehicle. You shall be afforded every opportunity to vote in a private and independent fashion.
  • You have the right to have an election officer or other person help you vote if you are physically disabled, unable to read or unable to write. Blind voters may also have any person assist them.
  • You may have anyone who is not your employer or union representative assist you. The officer of election or other person so designated who helps you prepare your ballot shall do so in accordance with your instructions, without soliciting your vote or in any manner attempting to influence your vote, and shall not in any manner divulge or indicate, by signs or otherwise, how you voted on any office or question. For individuals with vision impairments the state board of elections works to provide large print copies of all voting related material. Your local registrar's office should have large print versions of all materials in circulation at this time.
  • In accordance with the Help America Vote Act, Virginia is in the process of making all of its polling places fully accessible to elderly voters and voters with disabilities. If you find that your polling place is not accessible for any reason please fill out the voter accessibility feedback form. The state board of elections is dedicated to providing the best voting experience possible, and will value your input and will keep any remarks confidential.
  • In accordance with the Help America Vote Act, every polling location in Virginia must be equipped with at least one accessible voting system that will allow all voters with a disability to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability. If you require voting assistance due to a physical disability or inability to read or write, you can receive it upon request. Any of the election officers can advise you of your rights in this area. If you have cognitive disabilities, due to any reason, you can be eligible to vote if you are not currently ruled to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

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.

You can now register to vote online! Complete the registration application to begin the process.

To verify your voter registration status please use your state's voter verification tool.

 

 

Time Off To Vote

The General Election Day in November is a State Holiday; however, for other workers, time off to vote is subject to the employer. Virginia state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status please use your state's voter verification tool.

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