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Virginia Voter Information

Virginia: Are you prepared to vote?

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Download, print, and share the Voter Education Card for Virginia.

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Important dates

State and local elections

Virginia has important statewide elections on November 2, 2021. This year, you can vote for Virginia’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, members of the House of Delegates. Many counties have local, municipal elections, too. Please check your county’s website to find out more about local elections where you live.

  1. Early voting begins
  2. Deadline to register to vote or update your existing registration. Mailed applications must be postmarked by this date.
  3. Deadline to apply for absentee ballot. Mailed applications should be sent by October 15 to make sure they are received on time.
  4. Last day of early voting
  5. Election Day. Polls open from 6 AM to 7 PM.

Register to vote

If you are: 1) a resident of Virginia; 2) a U.S. citizen; 3) 18 years old (or 17 years old if you will be 18 years old by the election):

Register to vote by mail, online through Virginia’s Citizen Portal, or in-person.

Voter checklist

Know your rights

Under Virginia law, you have a right to:

  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
  • Vote if you are a pre-trial detainee awaiting sentencing or if you have been sentenced to a misdemeanor offense.
  • Vote after serving a felony conviction if you have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or (2) completed a period of probation ordered by any court.

Felony Vote Restoration

As of March 16, 2021, anyone convicted of a felony and released from incarceration may be eligible to vote, even if you are still on probation or parole or still owe fines or fees for your conviction. Check if your voting rights have been restored. If Virginia has not already restored your rights, you can submit a request here.

Once you confirm your rights are restored, you must register to vote by October 12!

ID requirements

You need to provide an approved form of ID to vote.

The following IDs are acceptable:

  • VA driver’s license or official ID card
  • Valid student ID
  • Your recent paycheck
  • Valid government-issued ID
  • Valid employee ID card with photograph
  • Government check
  • U.S. Passport
  • Voter ID card issued by the Department of Elections
  • Any other government document containing your name and address
  • U.S. Military ID
  • Current utility bill or bank statement
  • Signed statement confirming identity

Forgot your ID?

If you do not bring an approved ID, you can still vote. You can sign a statement affirming your identity or you will be given a provisional ballot.

Report issues

Have you experienced or observed voter suppression efforts (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, intimidation, or local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day)?

Report an issue

About Voting Rights Defender

LDF’s Voting Rights Defender (“VRD”) project broadens monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures that warrant a responsive action.

Learn more about the Voting Rights Defender project

Our local partners

VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.

Disclaimer: The information here is a resource and not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and not as a substitute for or supplement to the legal advice necessary to address the specific concerns of any individual. Moreover, Virginia may revise its laws after the publication of this site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to determine how all applicable laws concerning voter registration, voting, and the restoration of voting rights in Virginia affect you.