Voting in Virginia
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in Virginia, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Virginia, you must meet the following requirements:
—Virginia Department of Elections
When and where
Registration can be completed online, in person at the local voter registration office or by mail. Voters can also register at following locations:
—Virginia Department of Elections
The deadline for registering is 22 days before any primary or general election or 13 days before any special election.
As of January 2015, Virginia is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
Voting on Election Day
Virginia law requires all voters to provide photo identification at the polls. Voters without acceptable identification may cast a provisional ballot that is only counted if a copy of proper identification is delivered to the local electoral board by noon on the Friday following the election.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
The 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed two bills that required all voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot. The bills eliminated the use of a utility bill, pay stub, bank statement, government check or Social Security card as acceptable identification. Voters without photo identification are required to cast a provisional ballot that is only counted if proper identification is displayed by noon on the Friday following the election. The new requirements went into effect on July 1, 2014.
|Bill||Introduced||House Vote||Senate Vote||House Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|HB 1337||Nov. 20, 2012 in Virginia House of Delegates||on Feb. 5, 2013, 63 to 36||on Feb. 15, 2013, 21 to 20||w/amendment on Feb. 19, 2013, 64 to 36||on March 23, 2013|
|Bill||Introduced||Senate Vote||House Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|SB 1256||Jan. 10, 2013 in Virginia Senate||on Feb. 5, 2013, 21 to 20||on Feb. 20, 2013, 65 to 34||on March 25, 2013|
- See also: Absentee voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
- You are a "student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia"
- You are a "spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia"
- You have "business outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You have "personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You are "working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on election day"
- You are a "first responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, etc.)"
- You have a "disability or illness"
- You are "primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home"
- You are pregnant
- You are "confined, awaiting trial"
- You are "confined, convicted of misdemeanor"
- You are an "electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment"
- You "have a religious obligation"
- You are an "Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces"
- You are a "spouse or dependent living with" an Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces member
- You are "temporarily residing outside U.S."
- You are "temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee"
- You are "requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only"
- You are an "authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place"
To vote absentee by mail, the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (EST) on the Tuesday prior to the election. To vote absentee in person, the deadline to apply is the Saturday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
A House subcommittee rejected a bill that would have allowed citizens to vote absentee without requiring a reason for doing so. The reason stated for rejecting the bill was a lack of resources. Win Sowder of the Williamsburg registrar's office said, "This would be a real burden on our office. Our office is really small and early absentee voting would set us up for failure."
- See also: Early voting
Virginia is one of fourteen states that do not allow early voting. Although it is not technically considered early voting, Virginians may submit an absentee ballot in-person, serving the same purpose as early voting.
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Elections in Virginia
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- Virginia Department of Elections, "How to Register," accessed January 26, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "In-Person Voting," accessed June 10, 2014
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Polling location search," accessed January 21, 2015
- Code of Virginia, "Title 24.2, Section 530," accessed June 10, 2014
- Associated Press, "Photo ID voting mandate passes in Virginia, heads to governor," February 20, 2013
- MSNBC.com, "Virginia Governor signs strict voter ID law," March 26, 2013
- Reuters, "Virginia governor approves photo ID requirement for voters," March 26, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form," accessed December 16, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed January 21, 2015
- TimesDispatch.com, "Va. House subcommittee rejects 1 absentee voting bill, backs another," January 15, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules," accessed December 16, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
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