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Virginia Voting Guide

Welcome to FindLaw's Virginia Voting Guide. We've provided answers to all your election information questions. Learn about voter eligibility, the voter registration process and deadlines, what you may need to bring to the polls for identification, absentee voting, and special accommodations for voters with disabilities.

The Virginia Senate has made its voting and election process easier and more accessible for its residents. The state offers registered voters same-day voter registration, absentee voting, and universal mail-in voting.

Continue reading the voter guide to learn more about voter registration status, voting eligibility in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more.

Who is eligible to vote in Virginia?

To cast your ballot in Virginia local elections, primary elections, or presidential primary elections, you must meet specific criteria. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you must meet the below requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old
  • A resident of Virginia
  • Registered to vote

You cannot vote in Virginia if the courts have declared you mentally incompetent. Virginia law also prohibits felons from voting. Once you complete your prison sentence, you can ask election officials to reinstate your voting rights.


Where Do I Vote?

To locate Virginia polling places, visit the Citizen Portal. The polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will have a chance to vote.

How To Register in Virginia

There are several ways to register to vote in Virginia. This includes registering:

In Person

Visit your local voter registration office.


Register to vote online using the Citizen Portal.

At the DMV

Applications are available at DMV locations. Your application will be passed along to the Department of Elections.

By Mail

Mail your application to any local official registration office.

Virginia Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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