After you register to vote, the registrar will send you a voter notification letter. The letter will tell you the name of your precinct and the address of your polling place. You must vote in the precinct where you live.
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If you have moved within Virginia or changed your name, notify the Office of Voter Registration of your new address or new name, in writing. Or, stop by the Office of Voter Registration or any registration site and complete a new application form. Once you complete the new application, or the registrar receives notice of your address or name change, you will be sent a new registration notification letter with your new polling place information.
If you have moved outside of Virginia, you are no longer eligible to vote in Virginia. You must register to vote in your new state.
Yes, you will need to provide an acceptable proof of identification. Click here to view a list of acceptable forms of ID.
The Democratic and Republican parties can choose their candidates for the November general elections by either a primary or a party meeting, sometimes also called a canvas or caucus. If the party chooses a primary, it will be held on the third Tuesday in June. In Presidential Election years, party primaries for the office of President may be held on the second Tuesday in March.
Learn how you can receive a ballot by mail by clicking here.
Your ballot envelope will contain ballot instructions, a sealed envelope containing the actual ballot, an envelope in which the ballot will be sealed after you mark your vote, and a pre-addressed envelope to return the marked ballot to us.
You must open the sealed ballot envelope and mark your ballot in the presence of a witness. After you have voted the ballot, place the ballot in the Marked Ballot envelope (Envelope B), and seal the envelope. Complete the oath or affirmation information printed on Envelope B, and both you and your witness must sign the envelope. Place the Envelope B in the pre-addressed postage paid return envelope and mail your ballot via the United States Postal Service or express mail or commercial courier at your expense.
Absentee and Early Voting
Early Voting In-Person
You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Before visiting your local registrar’s office, you may wish to check your registration status or call your registrar’s office. You can find your registrar’s phone number here. To vote early in-person, take do the following:
Applying to Vote Absentee By Mail
After applying, you can check to see if your absentee application was received, and whether your ballot was sent and received by going to our Citizen Portal.
You Can Also Submit Your "Vote By Mail" Application Form By Mail, Fax, Or Email
If It Is Your First Time Voting In Your County Or City
In state and local elections, some first-time voters cannot vote absentee by mail. If you registered tovote by mailing in your voter registration application, and it is your first time voting in your locality,you cannot vote by mail in a state or local election unless you meet one of the following conditions:
Check with your local General Registrar to confirm your eligibility to vote absentee by mail. Special federal ID requirements apply to certain first-time voters.
** Special Federal ID Requirements For Certain First Time Absentee By Mail Voters
For persons who registered to vote in Virginia by mail, federal law requires them to show identification (ID) when voting for the first time in a federal election if they did not send a copy of one of these IDs with their voter registration applications. Recent legislation has eliminated the differences in acceptable identification for in-person voting. Therefore, the special federal ID requirements only apply to certain absentee voters by mail who will be notified by a notice explaining the requirements sent with their absentee ballot. Voters who receive a notice about this special requirements need to include a copy of any of the following types of ID with the voted ballot:
If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.
There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting with different procedures for each. You can print a copy of the emergency absentee ballot application using the link here:
You may cast an emergency absentee ballot if one of the folling situations applies to you: