Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines
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Virginia Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Process
ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all voters are encouraged to vote mail ballots during the Special Elections scheduled in certain Virginia localities in March. Virginia law does not require a reason to vote Early/Absentee. Early Voting dates:
- February 5-March 20 for the March 23 Special Election (deadline to apply for mail in ballot is March 12).
- February 12-March 27 for the March 30 Special Election (deadline to apply for mail in ballot is March 19).
Voters mailing absentee ballots for the March 23 Special Election do NOT need a witness, but a witness is required for the March 30 Special Election. However, unlike the November 2020 election, drop boxes, postage paid envelopes and an opportunity to cure ballots are not available for both March Special Elections. For now, the witness requirement still applies to all other elections. Voters voting on Election Day should double-check their polling locations as many locations may change for these elections, although all polling precincts will be open in the localities having the Special Elections. Please contact the VA Department of Elections or your local registrar for more information.
General Rules: Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before an election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 12pm 3 days after the election in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Department of Elections website. Absentee ballots may be processed but not tabulated before Election Day.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot in person. If the voter does not bring their Vote by Mail ballot to the polls, they can still vote a regular ballot during the Early Voting by signing a Gold Form, but they will vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. However, if the pollbook indicates that the voter was not only issued a Vote by Mail ballot but also that the ballot was returned, the voter can only vote a Provisional Ballot that will be reviewed by the local Electoral Board to ensure that the individual only votes once. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county registrar contact info here.
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.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
Except for the Upcoming two Special Elections in March, voters can hand-deliver their ballot to their local registrar or in a drop box. Voters can find the location of your local registrar here, including the location of all drop boxes. Drop boxes will be located at all satellite locations during the Early Voting period and at precinct polling locations on Election Day, plus other locations determined by local registrars.
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 in Federal elections, if a copy of a qualified ID is included with the completed ballot. Non-federal elections require one of six excuses apply.
To be eligible to register and vote, 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
ID Needed for Voting?
You must show an ID at the polls in order to vote.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- 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
- Signed ID Confirmation Statement
If you forget your ID and don't want to sign an ID Confirmation Statement, you can vote a provisional ballot that will only be counted if you bring the appropriate ID or a signed ID Confirmation Statement by Friday noon after the election.
For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted within 7 days after the election.
In person votes are likely to be counted first followed by absentee ballots that were received by Election Day. Absentee ballots processed after election night will be reported three days after Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Virginia’s Department of Elections website as they become available.Official Results
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 may vote a provisional ballot, instead of a regular ballot, if you meet specific conditions. The local electoral board reviews each provisional ballot during its canvass of votes cast to determine if the vote will be counted. The first meeting of the electoral board to review provisional ballots is the day after Election Day and the process must be concluded within seven days.
There are several reasons a voter may vote a provisional ballot:
- The voter’s name is not in the pollbook.
- The pollbook indicates the person has already voted.
- The General Registrar cannot confirm the voter is registered to vote.
- The voter says they are registered to vote in this precinct and eligible in this election.
- The pollbook indicates the person requested an Absentee Ballot, the ballot has not been returned, and don’t have the original absentee ballot with them.
- The voter is voting in a split precinct and believes they have been registered in the incorrect district.
- Polling hours are extended by court order. (Ballots cast after 7:00 PM are closed are kept separate from ALL other ballots.)
- If a voter is challenged by another voter and will not sign the affirmation statement but insists on voting
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.
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. There is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
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