Welcome to the "Voting Info" page, here you will find important voting info and resources including, but not limited to: dates & deadlines on voting, voting forms to register to vote or apply for a vote by mail ballot, view videos & downloadable guides on how to vote by mail, and much more!

IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION

Important Dates for 2021:

  • Early Voting begins: Friday, September 17th

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 12th

  • Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Friday, October 22nd - 5 PM

        • You can apply for your absentee ballot NOW

        • Ballots will be sent out by the state

        • Ballots returned by mail must be Postmarked on or before Election day (Nov. 2nd) and must be received by the Registrar by Noon on the 3rd day after Election Day - Nov. 5th

  • In-Person Early Voting: Saturday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 30th

  • Vote Absentee In Person Deadline: Saturday, October 30th ; 5 PM (last Saturday before the Election)

  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 2nd [Polls open 6AM - 7PM]

Virginia Voter Hotline: (844) 4VA - VOTE (844-482-8683).


2021 ELECTION LAW CHANGES IN VIRGINIA

To view the 2021 election law changes in Virginia, click HERE.

Absentee & Early Voting Information

SUNDAY EARLY VOTING

The General Assembly during the 2021 session passed a bill (HB 1968) that Governor Northam signed in March that gave power to localities to begin voting in-person absentee on Sundays starting at the date of early voting in Virginia. Currently, localities that have Sunday early voting include:

**Updated (9/3/21) :

  • Accomack County

          • October 17, 2021 - 1PM - 5PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Albermarle County

          • October 24, 2021 - ; General Registrar's Office

  • Arlington County

          • October 24, 2021 - 11AM - 3PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Brunswick County

          • October 17, 2021 - 12PM - 4PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • City of Chesapeake

          • October 3, 2021 - 12PM - 4PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Chesterfield County

          • October 24, 2021 - 12PM - 4PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Fairfax County

          • October 24, 2021 - 1PM - 5PM ; All Satellite Locations

  • Greensville County

          • September 19, 2021 - 9AM - 5PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • City of Hampton

          • October 24, 2021 - 11AM - 5PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Hopewell County

          • October 17 & 24, 2021 - 1PM - 4PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • Loudon County

          • October 24, 2021 - 12PM - 5PM ; Leesburg Satellite

  • City of Lunenburg

          • October 3, 2021 - 11AM - 3PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • City of Newport News

          • October 24, 2021 - 11AM - 4PM ; City Hall & City Center

  • City of Norfolk

          • October 17 & 24, 2021 - 11AM - 4PM; All Satellite Locations

  • Nottoway County

          • October 17, 2021 - 12PM - 4PM; General Registrar's Office

  • Prince William County

          • October 24, 2021 - 1PM-5PM ; General Registrar's Office

  • City of Richmond

          • October 1 7 & 24, 2021 - 1PM - 5PM ; All Satellite Locations

  • Spotsylvania County

          • October 3, 2021 - 12PM - 5PM ; Early Voting Center

  • City of Virginia Beach

          • October 17, 2021 - 1PM - 5PM ; General Registrar's Office

*Read House Bill (HB) 1968 by clicking here and view the summary & how it was passed/voted on by clicking here.

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Virginians may find early voting in-person, applying to vote absentee by mail, "vote by mail" application form, and emergency absentee voting information by clicking the button below.

OR Find Absentee & Early Voting information here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/

RIDE TO THE POLLS

NOVA

Arlington – Election Day Rides

  • Arlington County Republican Committee – 703-677-8217

Fairfax County Democratic Committee:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckoIPPeAKx-AGUT28RkN6A2Qdh7xspfCOK6x6rR68kjvqWQQ/viewform

RideShare2Vote www.rides2vote.com ; 888-977-2250

Requests should be made at least 2 hours before pickup time


Lime: receive 2 free rides up to 30 minutes on any lime vehicle including scooters & e-bikes. Use the following codes for your city:

  • Arlington : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Alexandria : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Richmond : 2021RICHMONDRIDETOPOLLS

  • Norfolk : NORFOLKRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Hampton : HAMPTONRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Roanoke: 2021ROANOKERIDETOPOLLS

CENTRAL

Central Virginia Chapter of A. Philip Randolph Institute – 804-288-1744

Election Day, Tues. Nov. 2nd from 8 AM – 6 PM

RideShare2Vote www.rides2vote.com ; 888-977-2250

Requests should be made at least 2 hours before pickup time

Project Give Back to the Community – 804-201-7701

Rides offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting at 10 AM

Riders must wear face masks.

Radio One Poll Patrol – 804-501-0415

Richmond voting sites only

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Oct. 28 from 9am – 4 pm

Henrico Branch NAACP – 804-404-9713 or Henrico.NAACP@gmail.com

referring voters to ride share services and offering some rides.


Lime: receive 2 free rides up to 30 minutes on any lime vehicle including scooters & e-bikes. Use the following codes for your city:

  • Arlington : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Alexandria : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Richmond : 2021RICHMONDRIDETOPOLLS

  • Norfolk : NORFOLKRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Hampton : HAMPTONRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Roanoke: 2021ROANOKERIDETOPOLLS

EASTERN

Hampton Roads Transit https://gohrt.com/routes/ -


Free Fare on Election Day

Tues., Nov. 2

Norfolk

Virginia Beach

Newport News

Hampton

Portsmouth

Chesapeake


Hampton Roads Transit will not collect fares on its bus, light rail, ferry and paratransit vehicles as a public service to the citizens in the region. The fares are being waived to give riders every opportunity to get to the polls to vote.


Lime: receive 2 free rides up to 30 minutes on any lime vehicle including scooters & e-bikes. Use the following codes for your city:

  • Arlington : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Alexandria : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Richmond : 2021RICHMONDRIDETOPOLLS

  • Norfolk : NORFOLKRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Hampton : HAMPTONRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Roanoke: 2021ROANOKERIDETOPOLLS

WESTERN

RideShare2Vote www.rides2vote.com ; 888-977-2250

Requests should be made at least 2 hours before pickup time


Lime: receive 2 free rides up to 30 minutes on any lime vehicle including scooters & e-bikes. Use the following codes for your city:

  • Arlington : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Alexandria : AARIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Richmond : 2021RICHMONDRIDETOPOLLS

  • Norfolk : NORFOLKRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Hampton : HAMPTONRIDETOPOLLS2021

  • Roanoke: 2021ROANOKERIDETOPOLLS

VOTING FORMS

VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM

Click to view/download the Virginia Voter Registration Application; You may also apply online

Remember - Voter Registration Deadline is October 12th

VA-NVRA-1-Voter-Registration-Application-rev-4_1-(1).pdf

ABSENTEE BALLOT/VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION FORM

Click to view/download the Virginia Absentee Ballot Request Application; You may also apply online

Remember - Absentee Ballot Request Deadline is October 22nd

SBE-701_703-English-AB-Application-6_11_21.pdf

You may find additional forms to register to vote, apply for absentee ballots, or update voter information by clicking the button below and browsing our selection below.

How to Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

Click the video to the right to view/download our very own Vote By Mail Step-By-Step Video. This will help you walk through step-by-step how to go online and apply to vote by mail/request your absentee ballot. *NOTE this video references 2020 election dates - Please refer to the 2021 Election dates until our video edits are up. (updated 8/2/21)


Remember- Absentee Ballot Request Deadline is October 22, 2021 at 5PM

APPLY ONLINE - CLICK HERE


Ballots will be mailed out by the state

Returned ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov. 2nd) and must be received by Noon the 3rd day after the Election (Nov. 5th)

Vote By Mail Help Guide

Click the document to the right to view/download our very own Vote By Mail Help Guide . This will help you walk through step-by-step how to go online and apply to vote by mail/request your absentee ballot.

Vote By Mail - Video Guide.mp4
2021 vote by mail online guide_.pdf

Vote By Mail: Request to Return Step-by-Step

Step 1: Request an absentee ballot.

A voter can apply online for an absentee ballot. Ballots will be mailed voters starting in mid-September.

Step 2: Starting in mid-September, local election officials will mail ballot to voters who request them.


The State Board of Elections adopted a regulation requiring all localities to mail the ballot to voters in an envelope printed with a USPS tracking barcode and pre-paid postage. This is intended to allow local election officials to track absentee ballots as they make their way to voters.

**NEW: Under new state law, pre-paid postage will be on the return ballot envelopes. During the special session of the General Assembly in August 2020, and upon the signing of the bill, Virginia allocated $2 million dollars of postage funding to localities across the Commonwealth to include postage for all vote by mail ballot requests.

Step 3: Mark the ballot.


**Question of Witness Signature: Under new state law, the marked ballot is placed inside an envelope and the envelope DOES NOT need to be signed by a witness. During the special session of the General Assembly in August 2020, and upon the signing of the bill, Virginia has waived the witness requirement.

New Voters: Those voting first-time in a federal election must include a copy of a valid ID with their absentee ballot, or with the initial application.

Step 4: Return the ballot to the local voter registrar’s office.


NEW: Some local voting officials will set up “drop boxes” that will allow voters to drive by and hand off the ballot to election officials without involving the postal service.

UPDATE: Expanded access to absentee drop boxes

NEW: The State Board of Elections adopted a regulation requiring the return envelope containing marked ballots are printed with a USPS bar code, so a voter can keep track of his or her ballot as it makes its way back to local election officials.

Voters can check the status of their application and ballot using Virginia’s Voter Information System.

*images provided by Virginia Public Access Project https://www.vpap.org/visuals/visual/pandemic-puts-focus-voting-mail-update/

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can vote absentee?

  • Any registered voter can vote absentee for any reason. A new state law that passed this year and took effect July 1 removed the requirement that in order to cast a ballot by mail before Election Day a voter had to cite a reason from an approved list.


  • What is the deadline to return ballots?

    • Voters are encouraged to mail the ballots at least two weeks before Election Day to avoid delays in the Postal Service.

    • NEW The General Assembly passed a law this year that extended the deadline when mail ballots can be received and still be counted. The law had been mail ballots had to be received by 7:00 PM on Election Day. The new law says any ballot postmarked on or before Election Day must be counted as long as it is received by noon on the Friday after the election.

    • NEW On August 4, 2020, the Board of Elections adopted a regulation that requires election officials to accept a mailed ballot delivered by noon of the Friday after the election, even if a postmark is missing or illegible. The Board determined that the absence of a postmark should be considered an "immaterial omission."