E pluribus unum.

Out of Many, One.

Democracy is the political enactment of a spiritual idea, the sacred worth of all human beings, the notion that we all have the right to the shaping of our democracy.

- Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock

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Are you eligible to vote in Virginia?

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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Persons Eligible to Register can Obtain a Registration Application at any of the Following Locations:

  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP, 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

  • Voter Registration Drives

How do you register to vote in Virginia?

The completed application can be filed with the local registration office or mailed to the address printed on the form. Application for registration can be submitted using a Virginia Voter Registration Application form or a National Voter Registration Application form. Military and other persons residing outside of the United States should contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program for registration information.

Once you have submitted your registration form, you should receive an information card or other correspondence confirming your registration status. If you do not receive one, contact your local Registrar’s Office to make sure that your application has been processed. You can also check for your voter record online. Please note that an information card or other correspondence confirming your voter registration status does not qualify as photo identification. For information on qualified identification for voting in person, or how to obtain a Voter Photo Identification card, please visit: elections.virginia.gov/voterID or call toll free at (800) 552-9745 or TTY: 711

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next election?


Upcoming election dates are published on our website at www.elections.virginia.gov/calendar




What hours are the polls open?


Polling hours are from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you will be able to vote!




If I am 17 but will turn 18 by the November General Election, can I register to vote?


Yes. You will be eligible to vote in any election held that year!!




Do I register by political party?


No, Virginia residents do not register by party.




Where do I go to vote on election day?


Put your address in here and it will show you where to go.




Do I need to bring proof that I am registered to vote?


No, you do not need to bring proof of your voter registration. All you need to bring is an ID. Here is a list of acceptable ID's.




What if I do not have valid ID?


If you get to your polling place without acceptable ID, you can sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. You will need to submit a copy of a valid ID by 12:00 noon the Friday after the election. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count. For more information on acceptable IDs, or any other questions, contact or visit your nearest Virginia Voter Registration Office or email info@elections.virginia.gov.




What if I have moved since the last time I voted?


If you have moved from another state: you will have to complete a Virginia Voter Registration Application. You may only be registered to vote in one state.

If you have moved within the state: you will need to update your voter record. You can do so online or your local general registrar. If your move occurred since the last November election, you may return to and vote at your previous polling location. Remember, all voters must update their records to reflect current residence because eligibility to vote requires residence in the precinct assigned based on their residence.




How do I apply for an absentee ballot?


You have several options:

  • You may apply online. www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal
  • You can contact your general registrars’ office and request the ballot. You will find that contact information at: www.elections.virginia.gov/LocalGR
  • You may visit your local general registrar’s office and complete the application. If during the absentee ballot voting period your application is approved, you will be allow to cast your vote at that time.
Notice to voters using US mail service: the USPS delivery standards changed last year so that First Class delivery went from 1-3 days to 2-5 days and Standard delivery is now 2-9 days. Please keep this in mind, as the ballot must be received by your local general registrar no later than 12:00 PM on the third day following Election Day. Having the ballot postmarked by the deadline does not count if the ballot is still received after the deadline. For more information: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation




I was able to vote early in 2020, am I able to that this year?


Yes! Learn more here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/





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