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Voting General Election

Voting: General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020


All registered voters are required to present a photo ID to vote in-person.

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 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next General Election shall be permitted to register in advance)
  • Not be registered and/or planning to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored and you must provide restoration proof to the Registrar’s Office in order to be reinstated.

Photo ID: Virginia law requires all registered voters to show one acceptable photo ID to vote in person. The following are acceptable forms of identification.

  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia (public or private)
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID (including veteran’s photo ID)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Virginia voter photo ID card



  • Virginia offers online voter registration. You will need a driver’s license and social security number to register online.
  • You can register by mail to vote in Virginia by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. See How to Vote link for details and voter registration download. (
  • You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.


Tue Oct 13, 2020
Online by Tue Oct 13, 2020
Postmarked by Tue Oct 13, 2020
In-Person, Received by Tue Oct 13, 2020 at 5pm

IMPORTANT:  If you are not already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot. Register early!

Additional Voter Registration Information by County:


  • Citizen Portal: Register to vote, update your current Virginia voter registration, apply to vote absentee by mail, or view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status, and voting history.
  • You must be registered to vote.
  • You may vote absentee Vote by Mail (Mail-in), Absentee Vote In-person, or Vote in-person at the Poll on November 3
  • If possible, please conduct business with the County Voter Registrar’s office by phone, email, or online.
  • An application to Vote by Mail must be completed and returned before the county Registrar’s office can mail you a ballot.
  • In the upcoming General Election, any registered voter can vote by mail or early vote in-person starting September 18th. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Check with the county registrar’s office to confirm dates and times.
  • Covid-19: When voting in person or at the polls wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Holiday: Registrar’s Office will be closed Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of the Columbus Day Holiday.
  • Felony Conviction: Restore your vote-


Absentee Voting (Vote in-Person at the Registrar’s Office) Dates and hours may vary based on where you live

  • First Day to Absentee Vote in-Person: Sept. 18, 2020 or Sept 19, 2020.
  • Last Day to Absentee Vote in-Person: Oct. 31, 2020 (The registrar’s office will also be open Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Saturday October 31, 2020.)

Absentee Voting (Vote by Mail often called Mail-in Ballot or Absentee Ballot):

    • Request your Vote by Mail ballot at least 15 days before Election Day.
    • Once received, follow the directions.
    • Add postage to the return envelope if needed.
    • Mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Last Day to Request Mail-in: Oct. 23, 2020 at 5PM. Postmarks are not acceptable for this deadline; the completed absentee ballot application must be in the possession of the Registrar’s Office on or before the deadline date and time to qualify.
  • IMPORTANT: After you complete your Vote on the Mail ballot, it must be delivered to the Registrar’s Office no later than 7:00 PM on election day, or be clearly postmarked on or before election day and received by the Registrar’s Office no later than noon on the Friday following the election to be counted (Va. Code §24.2-709). Any voted absentee ballots received after the deadline date and time will not be opened and will be delivered to the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Va. Code §24.2-711).

 Four Ways to Apply for Vote by Mail Ballot: Do this as early as possible.

  1. Use the Citizen Portal via the Virginia Department of Elections to apply to vote Absentee by Mail. Online your VA driver’s license acts as your signature.  *To sign your application online you MUST agree to DMV access and you MUST enter your social security number and Virginia Driver’s license or other DMV issued identification number.
  2. Call your county registrar’s office to have the Vote by Mail application mailed to you.
  3. Download and print the Vote by Mail Application. Send it or take it to your county’s Registrar’s office. Source:
  4. Remember to SIGN your application. Unsigned applications cannot be processed.
  5. Military and Overseas Voters can use the Federal Post Card Application
  6. If you do not have a DMV ID, immediately: simply download and print the form from Vote by Mail or request one by mail from your local registrar’s office, fill it out and mail it to P.O. Box 236, Washington, VA 22747

County Registrar Offices:

Culpeper County

Fauquier County

Madison County

Orange County

Rappahannock County