Virginia Ex-Offender Voting Rights

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.

Misdemeanor convictions in Virginia

You do not lose the right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Virginia. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from your Local Election Office.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony convictions in Virginia

You permanently lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felony. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole. Your right to vote can only be restored by the Governor.  However, this process is effectively automatic for anyone who has been released from prison. This is subject to change under future Governors, this page will be updated as needed.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Virginia

If your sentence is completed, you should check your pardon status, apply to the Governor for a pardon if necessary, then you may register to vote and cast a ballot, even if you are on parole or probation.

 

Helpful U.S. Vote Foundation Resources

Click here for help with: 

  • Registering to vote

  • Requesting an absentee ballot

  • Requesting a mail-in ballot

Click here for help with finding your Election Official.