How to Vote in Virginia

  1. You must register to vote.
  2. There are three ways to vote in Virginia: on Election Day, early in-person, and by mail.
  3. After you vote, confirm that your ballot was received.

Continue reading or jump to each section for key information about voting in Virginia. All information was sourced from the Virginia Department of Elections (VDE) website unless otherwise noted.

Register to Vote

WHEN: Now! The deadline to register or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

WHERE: Online, by mail, or at your local registrar.

YOU WILL NEED: Internet access, a Virginia driver’s license, and a Social Security number to register online.

If you don’t have a driver’s license or you can’t register online, register in-person or by mail.

Vote on Election Day

WHEN: Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

WHERE: Your local polling place.

YOU WILL NEED: ID such as a Virginia driver’s license or voter registration card. Go to a full list of acceptable forms of identification. 

If you don’t have an ID you can still vote by signing an ID Confirmation Statement.

Learn more about voting in-person on Election Day with or without an ID.

Vote Early

Virginia voters have the option to vote in-person before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting.

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2020, through Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Your local registrar may not be open on weekends and in some counties you can vote early starting Friday, September 18. Contact your local registrar’s office for more details about when you can begin voting early.

WHERE: Your local registrar’s office or a satellite voting location in your county or city.

YOU WILL NEED: ID such as a Virginia driver’s license or voter registration card. Go to a full list of acceptable forms of identification. You do not need a reason to vote early. 

If you don’t have an ID you can still vote early by signing an ID Confirmation Statement.

Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

Learn more about early voting.

Vote by Mail

Virginia voters can vote by mail through a process called absentee voting by mail. You must apply in advance to vote by mail.

If you registered to vote by mailing in your voter registration application, and it is your first time voting in your locality, check with your local election official to confirm your eligibility to vote absentee by mail.

Apply to Vote by Mail

WHEN: Now!

  • Online or mail application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2020. 
  • In-person application deadline: by 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020.

WHERE: Online, by mail or at your local registrar.

YOU WILL NEED: Internet access, a Virginia driver’s license, and a Social Security number to apply online. You do not need a reason to vote by mail. 

If you don’t have a driver’s license or cannot apply online, apply by mail, fax or email to vote by mail. 

By applying online, you can track the status of your application, including when a ballot is mailed to you and when your cast ballot was received.

Cast Your Ballot

After applying you will receive a ballot in the mail within 45 days before Election Day. Then you can mail your cast ballot or deliver it in-person.

WHEN:

  • Postmarked by 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2020, (Election Day) and must arrive at the registrar’s office by 12 p.m. Friday, November 6.
  • Deliver in-Person by 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2020, (Election Day).

WHERE: USPS mailbox, post office, or your local registrar.

Learn more about absentee voting by mail.

Check Your Ballot Status

You can use the VDE citizen portal to confirm when your cast ballot is received.

If you apply to vote by mail, you can also use the portal to check when your ballot has been mailed to you.

Resources

Citizen Portal

Sign into the VDE citizen portal to: 

  • Register to vote
  • Check your registration status
  • Find your polling place
  • Apply to vote absentee by mail
  • Check your application status and if/when it was received
  • Check when your ballot has been mailed to you
  • Confirm when your ballot was received

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This page was last updated on August 26, 2020.