Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: OCTOBER 13, 2020
Link to Application: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check and Update Voter Registration Here:
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for absentee mail ballot application: Must be received by October 27, 2020 5pm
Request Mail-In Ballot Here:
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
Postmarked on or before november 3, 2020 and received by november 5, 2020 12pm
*Go to your local county’s election website to track your Mail Ballot Status and look up drop box location for hand-delivery of your mail ballot
- Virginia has a surrender rule. If you have a desire to vote in person on election day but you are registered to vote via Absentee Ballot, then you should bring your ballot to surrender and then vote in person using an official ballot.
- But if you do not have your absentee ballot to surrender, there does not seem to be an electronic poll book in Virginia that will allow you to vote with an official ballot, and you will be forced to vote with a provisional ballot.
- If you lost or never received your ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot at the polling place on Election Day. This ballot will not be counted on Election Day. However, once it is verified that your absentee ballot was never received by the Office of Elections, your provisional ballot will be processed.
- If you requested an absentee ballot by mail, but then become able to cast your ballot on Election Day, just bring your absentee ballot with you to the polls. You can vote once you turn your ballot over to an election officer.
- If you forget or lose your absentee ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot at the polling place on Election Day. This ballot will not be counted on Election Day. However, once it is verified that your absentee ballot was never received by the Office of Elections, your provisional ballot will be processed.
4. Early voting information
- In-person absentee voting is available 45 days prior to Election Day until the second Friday before Election Day; Sep 18, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020.
- In-person absentee voting will be available at the office of the registrar. The office will be open a minimum of 8 hours between 8:00 AM and 5:00PM on both Saturdays prior to Election Day. Additional locations can also be designated for early voting at public buildings.
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/index.html or contact the Virginia Department of Elections by phone: 804.864.8901 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 18 years old or over, and a registered voter in their county
- To sign up, contact your local county’s Election Official: https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/election-official-directory
6. Additional Questions?