Virginia | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 22 days before Election Day


  • VA Municipal Elections in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Richmond, and VA Beach are on June 8th 2021

  • Early in person voting starts 45 days prior to June 8th which would be April 24th 

  • Gubernatorial/General Election Nov. 2nd 2021

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Virginia’s voter registration form requires voters to provide their full Social Security number when registering to vote. However, residents who register online can register using their Virginia-issued driver’s license or ID number.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Virginia law requires voters who cast a ballot in person to present ID. However, voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID can vote by signing a statement affirming their identity. 

An acceptable form of ID can be:

  • A Virginia driver’s license or ID card issued by the Virginia DMV, U.S. passport, or any other photo ID issued by Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the U.S.

  • Voter confirmation documents

  • A non-photo ID issued by Virginia, a political subdivision of Virginia, or the United States

  • A valid student ID that does not contain the voter’s photograph, issued by any institute of higher education in Virginia, another state, or U.S. territory

  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or government document containing the voter’s name and current address

  • A valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter or

  • A tribal ID issued by any of the 11 recognized tribes in Virginia

A full list of acceptable IDs can be found at: The expiration date on a Virginia driver’s license will not be considered.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Early In Person

Any voter can apply for an in-person absentee ballot at their local board of Elections office and cast their absentee ballot at the same time, beginning 45 days before an election until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

Find your local board of elections and registrar office here:

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by close of polls, you have a right to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.

Will registering to vote in Virginia affect my driver’s license or car registration?

With few exceptions, registering to vote in Virginia will have no impact on changing your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. However, as a full-time student in Virginia, you may have to make changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Virginia. For more information contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Virginia legal professional.


Last updated September 2020

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