Virginia Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • Friday, September 18: Early in-person voting begings (45 days prior to Election Day)
  • Tuesday, October 13: Deadline to register to vote or change your address, in person by 5:00 pm, online by 11:59 pm and by mail (must be postmarked by October 13, 2020)
  • Friday, October 23: Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail, online, or by fax, by 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 31: Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in person by 5:00 pm; and deadline to request a replacement absentee ballot (certain restrictions apply)
  • Tuesday, November 3: Election Day and deadline for absentee ballots to be received by registrar’s office by 7:00 pm (not just postmarked)

Polling is open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.  As long as a voter is in line by 7:00 pm., the voter will be able to vote. 

For more information, visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Election Day.

Early Voting

Registered voters may go in person to their local registrar’s office (or an alternative designated location) to vote an absentee ballot. After filling out an Absentee Application, a registered voter will be allowed to vote absentee in-person using a voting machine in the registrar’s office.  In-person absentee voting is conducted starting 45 days prior to an election and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the 3rd day prior to an election.  You cannot register to vote and cast an absentee ballot in person on the same day—voters (except UOCAVA voters) must wait five days after registering to vote before requesting to vote an absentee ballot.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

A voter can determine his or her proper polling place by checking the Virginia Voter Info website (https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup).

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

The voter registration deadline is 22 calendar days before Election Day.

For the November 3, 2020 General Election, the registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

How to Check Your Registration

To verify your registration status, visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation or call

1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in Virginia;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day for the General Election in which you intend to vote;
  • Not be registered and intend to vote in another state;
  • Have had your voting rights restored if previously convicted of a felony; and
  • Have had your capacity restored by court order if previously declared mentally incapacitated.

How to Register: Virginia residents may register to vote in one of the following ways:

  1. Online

Applicants can apply to register on the Virginia Department of Elections website

  1. By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by downloading a mail-in form from the Virginia Department of Elections website or by picking up a form at one of the following places:

  • A local voter registration office;
  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services;
  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities;
  • Armed forces recruitment offices;
  • Public libraries;
  • Virginia Department of Elections office;
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices; or
  • Voter Registration Drives.
  1. In person

You may register to vote in person at a local voter registration office.  Contact information for your local registrar’s office can be found at (https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup).

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification at the polls.

As of July 1, VA has new options when it comes to identification.

Voters arriving at the polls without an acceptable form of ID can sign an ID Confirmation Statement, an affidavit declaring they are who they say they are. If a voter refuses to sign an ID Confirmation Statement, they may cast a provisional ballot.  (If a voter votes a provisional ballot, they will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.)

Acceptable forms of identification for voting at the polling place or voting early include the following:

  • Voter confirmation documents you received after you registered to vote
  • Virginia DMV-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Any ID card issued by the US, Virginia, or a local Virginia government
  • Any student ID card issued by a US university or community college
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia
  • Employer-issued photo ID card
  • Any current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address
  • An ID Confirmation Statement
  • For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs

Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above mentioned forms of ID, may sign an ID Confirmation Statement..

Note: Because of this expansion, local registrars are no longer providing voter ID cards.

 

VoteRiders has created Virginia voter ID info cards in English.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Precinct

Go to your regular polling location. You need to ask for and fill out a change of address form. You can cast a regular ballot.

Moving within the Same Congressional District and within the Same Registrar’s Jurisdiction

Go to your OLD precinct to vote (unless your registration has been transferred or canceled) for the following two November general elections and any intervening elections (i.e. a primary or special election). You need to ask for and fill out a change of address form. You can cast a regular ballot.

Moving within the Same Congressional District but not within the Same Registrar’s jurisdiction

Go to your OLD precinct to vote (unless your registration has been transferred or canceled). You may vote through the next November general election following your move and any intervening elections (i.e. a primary or special election). You need to ask for and fill out a change of address form. You can cast a regular ballot.

Moving Between Congressional Districts and/or Counties

Go to your OLD precinct to vote (unless your registration has been transferred or canceled). You may vote through the next November general election following your move and any intervening elections (i.e. a primary or special election). You need to ask for and fill out a change of address form. You can cast a regular ballot.

NOTE: Best practice is to update your voter registration by registering to vote again before the deadline of 22 days before the election in which you intend to vote. The above should only be used as a last resort if you have not updated your voter registration by the deadline of 22 days before the election.

More information can be found at the Department of Elections website.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

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 (FVAP) Virginia-specific FPCA webpage. 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.

More information can be found at the Department of Elections website.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

If you have a felony conviction, then you will not be able to vote unless your rights have been restored by Governor. You can check on the status of you registration by visiting the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

Voters may also request more information from our state partner, Revive My Vote, by calling 1-844-WE2-VOTE (1-844-932-8683)

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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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