Virginia

48% of 18-29 year olds voted in Virginia in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 15, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

Check Registration Status

Check your Virginia voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old on or before Election Day, and a resident of Virginia.

  • In order to register to vote you cannot be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law. If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address. See more information here.

Deadline

The deadline to register online, by mail, or in-person for the 2020 General Election is October 13, 2020.

 

Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in Virginia: registering online, mailing in a printable application, or registering in-person.

  • Once your voter registration form is submitted, you should receive an information card or other correspondence confirming your registration status. If you do not receive one of these, contact your local Registrar’s Office.
  • Further voter registration information for Virginia can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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Virginia offers absentee by-mail and early absentee in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here for updates about COVID-19 in Virginia, and click here to read Governor Ralph Northam’s message regarding additional measures to Combat COVID-19.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

Any registered voter in Virginia may request an absentee ballot and is not required to provide a reason. Click here to access Virginia’s Vote by Mail Application Form or click here to request your ballot online.

  • The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is no later than 11 days before the General Election on November 3, 2020 (October 23rd, 2020).
  • Your completed mail-in ballot/absentee ballot must be postmarked/received on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020). Ballots may be hand-delivered to your local registrar or deposited in a drop box (click here for drop box locations). The ballot must be received by your local registrar by noon on the third day after the election in order to be counted. Click here to track your ballot.
  • It is possible to apply for an emergency absentee ballot. The application must be completed and delivered by 2 pm the day before the election (November 2, 2020), and voted ballots must be returned before the polls close on Election Day.
  • Because of COVID-19, the Ballots of all Virginians voting by mail/absentee ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election will NOT be rejected due to a missing witness signature.
  • Further absentee by-mail voting information for Virginia is listed here.

Early Voting

Virginia offers early voting.

  • Early voting begins on September 18, 2020 and ends on October 31, 2020.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6 am-7 pm.

  • In order to vote in Virginia, you must present a valid form of ID. Information about acceptable forms of ID can be found here.
  • Further Virginia voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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