State of Virginia Elections and Voting   

Election Day is November 5

  • September 20              First day of early in-person voting at your local registrar’s office
  • October 15                    Deadline to register to vote
  • October 25                   Deadline to request an absentee ballot (Your request must be received by your local voter registration office by 5:00 p.m.)
  • October 26                  Voter registration offices open for early voting
  • November 2                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in Virginia, you must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be 18 years old by the general election (if you are 16 you can preregister to vote, and if you are 17, you can still register and vote in elections if you will be 18 on or before the next general 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


How to register to vote:

  • Online at the Virginia Department of Elections portal (must have a valid Virginia DMV driver’s license or state ID card)
  • In person at your local voter registration office
  • Print out the registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your local registrar.
  • Obtain a voter registration form from State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services, armed forces recruitment offices, public libraries, the Virginia department of Elections office, or the DMV, and mail or hand deliver to your local registrar.

Same Day registration is only available:

  • in-person at the general registrar’s office for your locality
  • at your satellite early voting site during the early voting period
  • at your precinct on Election Day.


Voter ID Requirements

Voters may provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card (may be expired)
  • Valid employee ID card containing a photograph
  • US Military ID
  • Some valid student IDs issued by a college or university, or a high school
  • Valid US Passport
  • Government-issued ID card from a federal, Virginia, or local political subdivision
  • Voter ID card issued by the Department of Elections
  • Valid tribal enrollment or other tribal ID (*must be issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized in Virginia)
  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Nursing home resident ID (if issued by a government facility)
  • Any other current government document containing the name and address of the voter
  • Signed ID Confirmation Statement

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Virginia.


Early In-Person Voting

Any registered voter may vote early. All general registrar offices offer early voting. Some localities may offer early voting in additional locations. Check this list for dates and times. For all early voting and ballot dropbox information, contact the general registrar’s office.

Remember, the Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early.


Voting by Mail (Absentee Voting)

Any registered voter may request a vote by mail ballot.

Vote by mail ballots can be hand-delivered to your local registrar’s office, returned to a ballot drop-off location, or mailed. If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before election day and received by your general registrar’s office by noon on the third day following the election.




Tribes in Virginia

Federally recognized tribes

  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division
  • Monacan Indian Nation
  • Nansemond Indian Nation
  • Rappahannock Tribe, Inc.
  • Upper Mattaponi Tribe

State recognized tribes

  • Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe
  • Mattaponi Indian Nation
  • Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
  • Pawawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia


Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Susan Swecker


Chair, Richard L. “Rich” Anderson

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