Voting

Eligibility to Vote

The Virginia Department of Elections explains who is eligible to vote in Virginia and how to register.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, a person must:

  • be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes),
  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • be at least 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election),
  • not be registered and plan to vote in another state,
  • not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law, and
  • if convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

Options for student voters

Military or overseas voters

 

How Do I Register to Vote?

Register online through the Virginia Department of Elections

Pick up a voter registration application

    • Local voter registration offices (you can register to vote in person, report a change in your name or address, find your polling place, and more). You can also get a free voter ID card.

      Montgomery County: 755 Roanoke St, Suite 1F, Christiansburg
      Floyd County: Courthouse, 100 E Main St., Rm 302, Floyd
      Giles County: 201 N Main St., Suite 1, Pearisburg
      Pulaski County: 87 Commerce St., Pulaski
      Radford City: 619 2nd St., Radford
      Roanoke County: 5204 Bernard Dr., Suite 300B, Roanoke
      Roanoke City: 215 Church Ave. SW, Suite 109, Roanoke

    • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
    • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities
    • Armed forces recruitment offices
    • Public libraries
    • State Board of Elections office
    • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
    • Voter Registration Drives

Virginia Department of Elections

For the most current information on elections and voting laws, use the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) website: elections.virginia.gov.

The state laws concerning registration, voting, and candidate criteria are subject to change by the Virginia General Assembly. As things change, you will find new information at the ELECT website. Here are some of the services offered by the Department of Elections:

  • Check your voter registration status
  • Find & verify your polling place
  • Voting absentee
  • Voter ID requirements
  • What is on your ballot
  • Common questions about voting
  • Election results
  • Contact your local voter registration office

Vote411 - Get Informedvote 411 logo

Use Vote411 to get information about candidates in all local and state elections, including candidates' direct responses to issue-related questions. Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

To use the website, log onto www.vote411.org.

  • Type in your home address and click on the "Search" button. A map pointing out your location will appear.
  • Confirm your location. A screen will list the districts in which you vote---Congressional and state including both the House of Delegates and Senate in Virginia.
  • Select your preferred language (English or Spanish).
  • It will take you to side-by-side listings of elections. You can read the answers from the candidates side-by-side.
  • Candidates who have not responded are listed with the note that they have not responded.

Election Protection Hotlines

FileDownload this information on hotlines.
Anyone with a question or concern about registration or voting can contact the hotline. Hotline volunteers answer and respond to a range of questions--from how and where to register, to where a polling location is, to clarifying voter ID requirements and obtaining an ID, to difficulties or electioneering at the polls. Additional information is on the website at http://www.866ourvote.org.

1-866-OUR-VOTE (Administered by the Lawyers' Committee), which will be live starting on September 23rd during business hours 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Eastern, M-F. Evening hours will be added closer to the election as volume increases (early-mid October) as well as weekends (mid-October). Voters can leave a message that will be returned within 1-2 business days

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Administered by NALEO)
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Hours will expand closer to the election

1-888-API-VOTE (Administered by AAJC & APIA Vote)
Assistance in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali (may add Urdu, Hindi and Tagalog)
Voters can leave a message that will be returned. 

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Through its state of the art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), its website, and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, it provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted. The coalition includes more than 100 local, state and national partners, including the League of Women Voter

Information Resources for Voters 

All of these organizations are nonpartisan and nonprofit.
  • Virginia Public Access Project--VPAP: VPAP explores the role of money in Virginia politics. The site identifies donors, PACs, and more.
  • Federal Campaign Contributions--Open Secrets: The Center for Responsive Politics tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
  • FactCheck: This "consumer advocate" group monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
  • Flackcheck.org: A political literacy companion site to factcheck.org that helps voters recognize deception and flaws in arguments on various issues of policy, such as climate change, the Affordable Care Act, and immigration.
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