Virginia | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 22 days before Election Day


  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 12

  • First day of in-person Early Voting for General Election: September 17

  • Last day of in-person Early Voting for General Election: October 30

  • Gubernatorial/General Election Nov. 2

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

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, U.S. military ID or any other photo ID issued by Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the U.S. government

  • Voter confirmation documents or ID issued by the Department of Elections

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

  • A valid student ID issued by a public or private high school in Virginia

  • 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

  • All Virginia voters may vote by mail

  • If you have a Virginia driver’s license or ID card, you can request an absentee ballot online at

  • If you do not have a Virginia driver’s license or ID card, you will need to fill out a paper application and email, mail, or fax it to your local registrar’s office. A copy of the form is available at

  • Your registrar must receive your absentee ballot request application by 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before Election Day

  • Completed mail-in ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received before noon on the third day after Election Day

  • Absentee ballots can also be dropped off in-person at a drop-off location by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Please contact your local registrar’s office for drop-off locations

  • NOTE: Due to the ongoing state of emergency caused by COVID-19, voters do not require a witness signature for their mail ballot to be valid

Early In Person

  • Any voter can apply for an in-person absentee ballot at their local Board of Elections office or satellite voting location 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

  • NOTE: Due to the ongoing state of emergency caused by COVID-19, any voter may use curbside voting upon request. Contact your local Board of Elections office for more information

  • 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 June 2021