How to Register to Vote in Virginia
Getting registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia is easy to do as long as you are eligible. You can register to vote online or you can pick up an application at one of several different locations. There are also local voter registration drives that take place throughout the year.
Eligibility Requirements for Voter Registration in Virginia
In order to register to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be 18 years of age. You can register to vote at the age of 17 if you turn 18 before the election
- Be a Citizen of the United States
- Be a permanent resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Not be registered to vote in any other state
- If convicted of felony, must have rights restored
- Must not be currently declared as mentally incompetent by the courts
Where to Get a Voter Registration Application in Virginia
It is easy to find a voter registration application in Virginia. You can pick one up at any of the following locations:
- Your local voter registration office
- State or local government offices
- For applications or recertification of SNAP, TANF, or other government programs
- Government offices that provide services to disabled residents of Virginia
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices
- Virginia Department of Elections offices
- Armed Forces recruitment centers
- Veterans Administration offices
- Public libraries
Voter Registration Deadlines in Virginia
The deadline for registering to vote or updating your voter registration address is traditionally three weeks before a general election. Here are the exact registration deadlines:
|General Election||22 days before Election Day|
|Primary Election||22 days before Election Day|
|Special Election||14 days before Election Day|
|Special Election (as called by the Governor)||7 days before Election Day|
How to Register to Vote in Virginia
When you are ready to register to vote in Virginia, these are the steps you will take:
- Go online to the Virginia Department of Elections and complete your application online. To successfully apply online, you will need your social security number and either a Virginia driver's license or ID card.
- If you do not have a photo ID, you can apply for a Voter Photo Identification card from the Department of Elections.
- Pick up a paper application if you are unable to complete your registration online.
- If you have recently completed your sentence for a felony conviction, allow extra time for your petition to have your civil rights restored to be processed.
- Make sure you fill out the form completely. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
- Sign and date your application.
- If you choose to mail your application, place it in an envelope and send it to your local voter registration office.
- Deliver your application in person to your local voter registration office.
- Make sure that your registration will arrive before the deadline to register.
- If you qualify and are applying for a permanent absentee ballot, fill out the Virginia Absentee Ballot application either online or on paper.
More Information on Voter Registration in Virginia
Here are other things you need to know regarding voter registration in the Commonwealth of Virginia:
- If you have registered to vote previously, you can check the status of your registration at the Citizen Portal.
- If you are interested in changing the political party affiliation, you can make those changes at the Virginia Department of Election website.
- If necessary, you can also unregister if you are permanently moving out of state by filling out a request to cancel form. If you are taking care of the estate of a deceased Virginia resident, you will need to report their death to the Virginia Department of Elections by filling out a simple form there.
- If you are a convicted felon who has completed his or her sentence, you can apply to have your civil rights restored through the Office of the Commonwealth. Once your civil rights are restored, you will be able to register to vote, become a notary, or even run for public office.
- If you have a medical condition or permanent disability that will prevent you from voting in person, you can apply for a permanent absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are always mailed out 31 days prior to a general election, 21 days prior to a primary, and 18 days before a referendum. If you submit your application for an absentee ballot within those timeframes, your ballot packet will be mailed to you as quickly as possible so that you have time to return your ballot before the polls close on election day. Ballots received after polls close will not be counted.
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