How to vote in Virginia

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Virginia offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Virginia. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Virginia you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote
  • be 18 years old by the next May or November general election
  • not have been convicted of a felony, or have had your civil rights restored
  • not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Virginia can look up where to vote on Virginia's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

Virginia does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You will need to show photo ID to vote in Virginia. Acceptable forms of valid ID include: Virginia driver's license or photo ID; Virginia DMV-issued veteran's ID card; US passport or passport card; US military ID; student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia; another photo ID issued by the federal government, Virginia, or a local body of Virginia government; employee photo ID issued by your employer; tribal enrollment or other tribal ID if issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by Virginia; nursing home resident ID if issued by a government facility; or a Virginia voter photo ID obtained through any local general registrar's office.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID to the local electoral board.

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Virginia.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Virginia's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Monday, October 15.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Monday, October 15.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 15.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for Virginia

Address:
Department of Elections
Washington Building, 1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone Number:
(804) 864-8901