VOTING IN VIRGINIA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Where to Mail / Deliver your form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
General/Primary Election: Twenty-two (22) days before Election Day
Special Election: Thirteen (13) days before Election Day
Governor-called Election: Seven (7) days before Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your General Registrar

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Virginia Driver's License or Non-Driver State ID Number and a social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
General/Primary Election: Twenty-two (22) days before Election Day
Special Election: Thirteen (13) days before Election Day
Governor-called Election: Seven (7) days before Election Day

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Virginia residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of Virginia but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place after filling out a change of address form regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County / City / Congressional District, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote at the polling place associated with their old address through the second federal general election following their move after they affirm their new address to an election officer at your polling place.

Moved to a NEW County / City / Congressional District
Voters can vote at the polling place associated with their old address through the November general election following their move.

Click HERE to find your Polling Place.

Address Confidentiality Program

Voters who are members of the ACP may choose to keep their address confidential and use their ACP address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Only Absentee Voters may vote early in person (AKA "in person absentee voting"). Voters who qualify may apply for an absentee ballot at their Voter Registration Office or satellite location and vote that ballot at the same time.

BEGINS: Forty-five (45) days before Election Day
ENDS: Three (3) days before Election Day

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Virginia voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Only Absentee Voters may vote-by-mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand vote-by-mail to all Virginia voters.

Absentee Voting

Only QUALIFIED voters may vote an absentee ballot. Check HERE to see if you qualify.

Apply Online
Absentee Ballot Application (English)

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By mail / fax / email: Received by the Tuesday before Election Day
In Person: By 5:00pm the Saturday before Election Day

DEADLINE EXCEPTIONS
Some voters may be able to apply after the deadline due to specific emergency circumstances. Go HERE to see if you qualify for an emergency absentee ballot and to download an application.

Check your Absentee Ballot Status

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your General Registrar

Ask your state representatives to create "no excuse" absentee voting for all Virginia voters.

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs . Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of Alabama may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the requested photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• their name has been marked for receiving an absentee ballot

NOTE: Voters who vote a Provisional Ballot because they did not provide Voter ID have until 5:00pm Friday after Election Day to provide the required ID to their General Registrar in order for their vote to count.

Polling Hours

6:00am to 7:00pm (local time)

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters do not need to affiliate with a party in order to vote in a Primary Election, but must choose one party's ballot.

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Virginia, or students who already live in Virginia but attend college in another part of the state should visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters can APPLY to have their right to vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• Check to see if your Right to Vote has been restored
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.