Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 22 days before Election Day
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 17
General Election Nov. 8
How Can I Vote?
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 request 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 must be 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.
Voters with disabilities can receive their absentee ballot electronically. More information is available at: elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/accessible-voting/.
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.
Find your local Board of Elections and Registrar Office here:
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. Voters with disabilities and voters ages 65 and older may vote curbside. More information is available at: elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/accessible-voting/.
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 or school of higher learning in Virginia
Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or government document containing the voter’s name and current address, and issued within the previous 12 months
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 or ID card will not be considered.
Every Vote Matters
We're Here To Help Inform Yours
Fair Elections Center has created "Know Your Voting Rights" guides for ten states where we have focused our work to help voters if they encounter problems at the polls in the 2022 midterm elections. These guides will help give in-person voters the tools to assert their rights and protect their freedom to vote. Voters have important rights under federal law, but some of these rules at the polling place vary by state. While most voters will likely have a smooth voting experience, we want to make sure that they understand what to do if they do run into challenges or other hurdles at the polls.