State of Virginia Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Virginia General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Thu Oct 15, 2020
  • Online by Thu Oct 15, 2020
  • Postmarked by Thu Oct 15, 2020
  • In-Person, Received by Thu Oct 15, 2020
  • Post received by Fri Nov 6, 2020 12:00pm

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Request for Postal Ballot by Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:00pm EDT
  • In-Person Request by Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • In-Person, Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:00pm EST

Early Voting

Fri Sep 18, 2020 - Sat Oct 31, 2020
The deadline to register to vote has been extended to Oct 15, 2020.

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 6am to 7pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

A registered voter may cast an in-person absentee ballot at their local registrar’s office beginning 45 days preceding Election Day.

Some large localities offer satellite locations for in-person absentee voting. Check with your local registrar for locations and times for each election.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

You are eligible to vote in Virginia if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Virginia
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Virginia if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are registered to vote in another state

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Virginia if:

  • You reside in Virginia but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Virginia
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university at the polls

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Virginia you should provide:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Virginia Driver's License or State ID Number (online applicants only)

Voting In-Person

In Virginia, registered voters can use any of the IDs below to vote. If you do not have an ID you may sign an affidavit.

  • Valid Virginia Driver's License
  • Valid non-driver's ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Utility Bill
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

- -

Absentee Ballot Request

Blank Ballot To Voter

- - -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Overseas & Military Voters

Virginia General Election held on Tue Nov 3, 2020

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Thu Oct 15, 2020 No Deadline

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:00pm Received by Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:00pm

Ballot Return

  • Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 7:00pm EST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 6, 2020 12:00pm
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
  • Received by Fri Nov 6, 2020 12:00pm EST
The deadline to register to vote has been extended to Oct 15, 2020.

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Complete Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Complete Social Security Number

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

-

Absentee Ballot Request

-

Blank Ballot To Voter

-

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - - -
Absent military and overseas citizens may request blank ballots sent to them electronically by providing an email address or fax number on their application. Some localities send a link to a website for the voter to download their ballot materials for return by mail. Returning a Ballot: The oath on the envelope must be witnessed. If using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, this witness requirement still applies.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

-

Absentee Ballot Request

-

Blank Ballot To Voter

-

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - - -
Absent military and overseas citizens may request blank ballots sent to them electronically by providing an email address or fax number on their application. Some localities send a link to a website for the voter to download their ballot materials for return by mail. Returning a Ballot: The oath on the envelope must be witnessed. If using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, this witness requirement still applies.