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Elections & Voting: Elections & Voting

Quick Voter Info

Election Day

November 3, 2020.
Polling locations in Virginia will be open from 6:00AM to 7:00PM.

Registration

Virginia voters must be registered by October 13th to vote in the November election

Mail-In Voting

In Virginia the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is October 23rd.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by election day and received no later than three days after election day. 

Early Voting

In Virginia, the early voting period is from September 18 - October 31.

Voter eligibility requirements in the state of Virginia:

  • Anyone who is 17 but turning 18 before Election Day may register
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a Virginia resident and must vote in the town where you reside
    • College students may register to vote in their college locality
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Eligibility in other states can be found here.

Register to Vote

Eligible Virginia residents can register to vote in any of the following ways:

Virginia voters must register by October 13th to vote in the November 3rd election.

Residents of other states can find registration options here.

In Person on Election Day

Registered Virginia voters can vote at their assigned polling location on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020, between 6AM and 7PM. You can find your polling information on the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

Bring a form of ID, which can include voter registration documents, a state-issued ID, a school or work ID. See the full list of acceptable forms of ID here.

In Person Early Voting

Registered Virginia voters can vote early at your local registrar's office between September 18 - October 31.

Bring a form of ID, which can include voter registration documents, a state-issued ID, a school or work ID. See the full list of acceptable forms of ID here.

Voting by Mail

For the upcoming 2020 election, registered Virginia voters can vote by mail without providing a reason. Voters must apply to receive an absentee ballot, and ballots must be post-marked by Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day.

Voters can apply online to request an absentee ballot, or can fill out an application and mail . Absentee ballots can either be mailed to the registrar's office or dropped off there before 7PM on Election Day.

More information about mail in voting can be found here.

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