Voter Registration: Virginia


Registration Deadline: The registration deadline to vote in the primary and general election or update your address is 22 days before the election. If there is a special election, the registration deadline is 14 days before the election and if the Governor calls a special election, the deadline is 7 days.



Age: Must be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 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)

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: 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.

Mental Competency: Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

Felony Convictions:  If convicted of a felony, your right to vote is restored upon release from incarceration. For more click this link.



Online: Virginia voter registration

In person: Registration can be completed at any of the following places:

   -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

   -Voter Registration Drives 

By mail/ in writing: The completed application can be filed with your local election office or mailed to the address printed on the form. Mailed applications must be postmarked at least 22 days before the next election in which you plan to vote.


Online: Virginia voter registration verification

Phone: Contact your local registrar's office to make sure that your application has been processed.



Who can vote absentee: The Code of Virginia authorizes certain groups of registered voters to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are qualified to vote:

For more information click on this link


Emergency Absentee Voting is available for a certain category of voters. Click here for more information.



To vote absentee you must be a registered voter of the city/county where you are applying

Online: Online absentee ballot application

In person: Contact your local election office for more information.

By Mail/Fax/Email: Download an absentee application or contact your local Voter Registration Office to request an absentee ballot application and return the application to your local Voter Registrar. The signed and completed application must be received by the general registrar located in the city or county that you are registered to vote by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the election in which the applicant wants to vote.


Military and overseas voting: Virginia military and overseas absentee voter procedures 



Location and time: Within 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, visit your local registrar’s office to vote absentee in-person. All mailed absentee ballots must be received by your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on election day.



Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Virginia’s photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person in all elections. 


Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above mentioned forms of photo ID, may apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth. Voters applying for the Virginia Voter Photo ID Card will have to complete the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, have their picture taken, and sign the digital signature pad. Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter.


Polling places are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.



A voter who arrives at the polling place without an acceptable form of photo identification will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her identification so that his/her vote can be counted.

A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the identification to the local electoral board. Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. Please note that the copy of the ID must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on the Friday following the election, or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. A Friday postmark will not be sufficient if the copy of the ID is not delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday.


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Verifying Registration: Virginia voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: Virginia polling place locator

Problems with voting: Voter complaints

Verifying provisional ballot status:  Verify our provisional ballot status online

Verifying absentee ballot status: Verify your absentee ballot status online