Voting in Virginia

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Election Dates

11/08/2022
General Election Date
10/17/2022
Voter Registration Deadline (online, in-person, by mail - postmarked)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/28/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Early Voting Dates

09/23/2022
Early Voting Begins
11/05/2022
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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How to Vote in Virginia

Learn about all the options to vote in Virginia to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Board of Elections Phone Number: (800) 552-9745

Virginia Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Virginia

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Virginia.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/28/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Virginia

In Virginia, voting by mail is a two step process:

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is October 28th.

Step 2: Return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local registrar, county designated drop box or polling place by 7 p.m. on November 8th.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by November 8th and received by three days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on November 8th. We recommend returning ASAP, as the post office may not be able to deliver within three days, even with the postmark.

Note: Virginia disqualifies some first time voters that registered to vote with a paper form and are voting for the first time in their locality from voting by mail. Click here to see what rules apply to you.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Witness or Notary Requirement

Grab a friend! After you complete your ballot, you must sign the absentee ballot return envelope in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign, too.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot. After you complete your ballot, sign the "Statement of Absentee Voter" on envelope B.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, drop box, or polling place.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you decide to vote in person rather than use your absentee ballot, take the following steps:

Unsused ballot: First, go to your local registrar and return your ballot. Then, go to your polling place and vote in person on Election Day.

Lost ballot: You must go to your local registrar and sign a statement, at which point you are entitled to a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Made a mistake: If you made a mistake on your ballot, you may return it to your local registrar or to your polling place on Election Day. Then, vote in person.

 

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Virginia does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You may cure your ballot by 12 p.m. noon on the 3rd day after Election Day.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Virginia voters are required to show photo ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • United States passport
  • Virginia-driver’s license or DMV issued photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Student ID with a photo, issued at a high school or post-secondary school in VA
  • Other US or Virginia government issued ID
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID (if issued by a tribe in Virginia)
  • Virginia voter photo ID card
  • Employer issued photo ID
  • Any other identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • Government issued nursing home resident ID
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address

Voter ID in Virginia

Find Your Ballot

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Primaries

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

09/23/2022
Voting Begins
11/05/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote early in Virginia

Early voting will be available at your local elections office and other locally designated locations.

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Virginia, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can vote in the Virginia primaries if you are 17 by the next election.