Virginia Election Information

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Registration Information


The deadline to register vote in Virginia is: Received 22 days before the election.


To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person 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)
  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen 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 be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

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When can I vote in Virginia?


Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? Yes
By mail early voting available? Yes

How:
**Many registered voters qualify to vote by absentee ballot - either by mail or in person.  See the eligibility requirements below:
  • 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
  • Any person who is a member of a uniformed service of the United States on active duty, or a member of the merchant marine of the United States, or who temporarily resides outside of the United States, or the spouse or dependent residing with any person listed above, and who will be absent on the day of the election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote 
  • Any student attending a school or institution of learning, or his spouse, who will be absent on the day of election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote
  • Any person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of election because of a disability, illness or pregnancy
  • Any person who is confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, provided that the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day preceding the election
  • Any person who is a member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • Any person serving as a designated representative of a political party, independent candidate or candidate in a political party
  • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because he is primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home
  • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because of an obligation occasioned by his religion
  • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation, will be at his place of work and commuting to and from his home to his place of work for eleven or more hours of the thirteen that the polls are open (6:00 AM to 7:00 PM).
  • Certain first responders who meet code definitions for law-enforcement officers, firefighters, search and rescue personnel and emergency medical services personnel
  • A registered and qualified voter who moves from Virginia to another state less than 30 days before a presidential election may request an absentee ballot limited to  presidential and vice-presidential electors only

Absentee voting begins as soon as ballots are available, at least 45 days before the election.  

For those wishing to vote by mail, you must submit an application to your local registrar office by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday before the election.  This ensures that you will receive your absentee ballot in the mail in time to return it before Election Day. Voted ballots must be returned by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

You can also request an application in person until the Saturday before the election.  For in-person absentee voters, this is the last day to cast a ballot before the election. Contact your local registrar office to find out where and when to go.


Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

6:00am to 7:00pm


Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?


Find out here.
For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?


If you registered to vote in Virginia by mail, federal law requires you to show identification (ID) when voting (in-person or absentee) for the first time in a federal election - if you did not send a copy of one of these IDs with your voter registration applications. Any of the following types of ID are acceptable:

  • A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver's license)
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address
  • Another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card)

State law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification (ID) at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification include the following:

  • Virginia voter identification card
  • Valid Virginia driver's license
  • Military ID
  • Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
  • Employer issued photo ID card
  • Concealed handgun permit
  • Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter
  • Social Security card

Notes:
1. Voters arriving to the polls without acceptable ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality's electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.
2. Virginia's ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person.


For more information, contact your state election office.

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