To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the VA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV. You must also provide your Social Security Number.
Online registration form (in English and Spanish): https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/
Printable forms (in English,Spanish, Vietnamese, or Korean): https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/
Mail to your local registration office: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party: You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.
A full list of all Virginia voting forms may be found here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.
The Registrar of Voters in each town maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local Registrar of Voters.
Directory of Registrars: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup
The form to turn in for cancelling registration: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/cancel-registration.html/
For online voter registration, a Virginia drivers license or state ID is required. Social Security Number must be provided.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:
If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote. More information may be found here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/
Free Voter Photo ID
Obtaining a Driver’s License
For more information: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/military-overseas/
You must list one of the following codes on your registration form in order to be allowed to use an absentee ballot: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/
Application for Absentee Ballot (English or Spanish): https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/formswarehouse/absentee-voting/applications/SBE-701-Absentee-Ballot-Application-Rev7-17-long.pdf
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Where to get more info on candidates: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info/
Sample ballots are given on the Board of Elections website a few weeks before each election: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/index.html
Candidate information may be found here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info/
Dates of municipal elections can be found here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/calendars-schedules/
Virginia does not have a Voter Bill of Rights.
More information on voting rights and responsibilities from the Voter FAQ here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/election-voter-faq/
The Virginia Department of Elections administers a formal grievance process under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) for voters who believe their voting rights have been violated. For more information, and the online complaint form, visit: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-complaints/
The Virginia Department of Elections Campaign Finance (https://www.elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info/campaign-finance/) provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings
Find your legislator:https://www.virginia.gov/services/whos-my-legislator/
Most counties and cities in Virginia list their elected officials on their internet pages.
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
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