Voting in Virginia
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Virginia, contact the 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 April 2015, Virginia is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Every voter must present identification at the polls or else cast a provisional ballot. Valid identification includes the following: Virginia voter registration card, Virginia driver's license, military ID, any federal, state or local government-issued ID, employer-issued photo ID card, concealed handgun permit, student ID from any higher education institution in Virginia or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check indicating the name and address of the voter. The identification must be current or expired only within the last year.
On May 20, 2012, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation to require a voter without identification to vote provisionally. This eliminated the Affirmation of Identity that had been used previously. Before it could be implemented, the new legislation had to be approved by the United States Department of Justice. On August 20, 2012, the changes were approved. On February 20, 2013, the Virginia House of Representatives approved a strict photo identification bill by a vote of 65-30. The bill required all voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot. Voters without photo identification would be required to cast a provisional ballot that would only be counted if proper identification was displayed by noon on the Friday following the election. On March 26, 2013, McDonnell signed the bill into law. The new law went into effect on July 1, 2014.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- 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.
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Virginia.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Virginia voting."
- Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
Elections in Virginia
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- Virginia elections, 2012
- 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
- TPM, "Justice Department Approves Va. Voter ID Law," August 20, 2012
- Associated Press, "Photo ID voting mandate passes in Virginia, heads to governor," February 20, 2013
- Reuters, "Virginia governor approves photo ID requirement for voters," March 26, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "In-Person Voting," accessed April 23, 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
- 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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