Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.
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Visit the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS) website, or contact your county clerk’s office.
2014 Primary Election: May 19, 2014
2014 General Election: October 14, 2014
Voters must register 22 days before a primary or general elections, and 14 days before a special election.
How to Check Your Registration Status
To verify your registration status, check the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS) on the Virginia Board of Elections website.
Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
Identification Required for Registration
Identification is not required of voters registering in person, although the Virginia Voter Registration Form requires the applicant's social security number. If an applicant does not provide his/her social security number, the application for voter registration will be denied.
If registering for the first time by mail, a voter must provide a copy of identification including:
However, a voter may also present this identification upon voting for the first time.
If You Want to Vote Early
Virginia offers in-person absentee voting. Starting 45 days before the election and ending at 5:00 pm on November 2, 2014, a voter may apply for an absentee ballot in-person at the registrar's office and apply for an absentee ballot per the above parameters, and vote in-person at the office.
Check with your county registrar's office for hours of operation and locations for in-person absentee voting. Check here.
If You Want to Vote Absentee
The following registered voters may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are qualified to vote:
Rules and Deadlines:
Completing an absentee ballot application: Virginia law prescribes that Applications for absentee ballots shall be obtained in person at your local election board office or online.
An application completed in person shall be made not less than three days prior to the election in which the applicant offers to vote and completed only in the office of the local general registrar. The applicant shall sign the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary of the electoral board. An in person application to vote absentee may be made/submitted up to 3 days before the election in which the applicant wishes to vote.
Note: for first time voters, absentee ballots cannot be issued until the applicant has registered for 5 days (there is an exception for military and overseas voters).
By mail, e-mail, or fax
Applications can be made by mail, electronic or by fax, if one is available to the office of the local general registrar. If a fax device is not available locally, contact the State Board of Elections. The application shall be sent to the appropriate local general registrar not later than 5:00 PM (EST) on the Tuesday prior to the election.
To track your absentee ballot, click here.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the Election Board by 7:00pm on Election Day.
Emergency Absentee Voting
Incapacity with Designated Representative
Voter Plans Change After Noon Saturday
Virginia’s new voter identification requirements are now in effect.
To vote on Election Day in 2014, an individual must present one of the following items at his or her polling place:
*Valid forms of identification include those which are current or have expired within the preceding 12 months.
The State is also attempting to provide voters who lack any of these forms of identification with a free voter identification card. If you need identification, please call 866-OUR-VOTE.
If a voter does not have any of the above forms of identification at the polls, he or she must still be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.
If you have moved to another precinct in Virginia, you have the right to vote in the following November election and any intervening election at the polling place for your last address, unless your registration has been transferred or cancelled.
Persons moving from the state within 30 days of a presidential election are entitled to vote in the precinct in which they were previously registered (immediately prior to moving) for presidential electors only. You must mark your absentee ballot application with the words "APPLY FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ONLY" and indicate the date you moved from the precinct. If returning to your old precinct to vote in person, you must tell the election official, before voting, that you have moved out of state within the 30 days prior to the election. Whether voting by absentee ballot or in person, you will only be given the ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Virginia-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Virginia-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Virginia-specific FWAB page.
In order to be eligible for restoration of rights by the Governor, an applicant must:
For more information, visit the Secretary of State's website.
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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