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Virginia allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Virginia offers early voting.

Who can register to vote?

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 (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • 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

How do I vote in person?

Where can I vote on Election Day?

You can look up where to vote on Virginia's site.

Can I vote early?

  • Yes, Virginia does offer early voting. You can choose whether to vote on Election Day or during the early voting period, whichever is easier for you. This can be especially helpful if it would be difficult or not possible for you to vote on Election Day. Early voting locations may be less crowded, as well.
  • There are no dates available right now, please check back later.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to show ID to vote in Virginia.

Acceptable forms of valid ID include:
  • voter registration confirmation documents
  • a valid Virginia driver's license (expired or unexpired)
  • ID issued by the DMV (expired or unexpired)
  • valid United States passport
  • any other identification issued by the the state of Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • any valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any institution of higher education located in any state or territory of the United States
  • any valid student ID card issued by any public or private high school located in Virginia
  • any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business
  • nursing home resident ID
  • U.S. military ID
  • tribal enrollment or other tribal ID
  • Virginia Voter ID card
  • signed ID Confirmation Statement
  • copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you are required to sign a statement that you are the registered voter you claim to be in order to cast a ballot. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification and does not complete or sign the statement shall be offered 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.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your ballot on Virginia’s site.

Can I vote early?

Yes, Virginia does offer early voting.
  • You can choose whether to vote on Election Day or during the early voting period, whichever is easier for you. This can be especially helpful if it would be difficult or not possible for you to vote on Election Day. Early voting locations may be less crowded, as well.

When can I vote early?

  • There are no dates available right now, please check back later.

Where can I vote early?

  • There are no locations available right now, please check back later.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to show ID to vote in Virginia.

Acceptable forms of valid ID include:
  • voter registration confirmation documents
  • a valid Virginia driver's license (expired or unexpired)
  • ID issued by the DMV (expired or unexpired)
  • valid United States passport
  • any other identification issued by the the state of Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • any valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any institution of higher education located in any state or territory of the United States
  • any valid student ID card issued by any public or private high school located in Virginia
  • any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business
  • nursing home resident ID
  • U.S. military ID
  • tribal enrollment or other tribal ID
  • Virginia Voter ID card
  • signed ID Confirmation Statement
  • copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you are required to sign a statement that you are the registered voter you claim to be in order to cast a ballot. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification and does not complete or sign the statement shall be offered 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.

How do I vote by mail?

In Virginia, any registered voter can request to get a ballot by mail. Fill out the mail ballot application and mail or return it in person to your local election office.

What should I do if I don’t get my ballot?

If you don’t receive your ballot in the mail, then contact your local election office.

How do I return my ballot?

What do I need to do if I’ve moved?

What’s on your ballot depends on where you live, so your voter registration is tied to your exact address. If you’ve moved, you need to re-register with your new address.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your ballot on Virginia’s site.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

Virginia does offer in person registration on Election Day. If you register after the regular voter registration deadline, you will have to vote a provisional ballot.


How do I see what's on my ballot?

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

How do I get help registering to vote?

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your local election office.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive 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 local election office 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 offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Virginia. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or email vote@fvap.gov

How can I check my 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.


Which election office should I contact?

  • In Virginia, your local election office runs the elections in your area. They can help you with questions about registering to vote, voting by mail, and local elections.
  • The Department of Elections oversees elections and election administration in Virginia. They can help you with questions about voting in your state, election security, or issues you might have at the polls. If you have concerns about voter intimidation, reach out immediately.

How do I contact my local election office?

Visit your state’s site to find your local election office.

Can I trust this information?

These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, to inform voters via partners including Google and TurboVote. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.

How do I report an issue with the information provided on this page?

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