Virginia, you have big elections every year and honestly, we’re kind of jealous that you get to vote that much. With all that practice, you’re probably voting pros and casually flaunt your success in an unsolicited, end-of-year newsletter to all your state friends. But just in case you need it, we have you covered on everything you need to know to be a voter in the state for lovahs.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Sep 23 – Nov 5

Early Voting

Oct 17

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Oct 28

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Submission Deadline (postmarked or received)

Nov 8

Provisional Voter Registration Deadline (in person)

Nov 8

Election Day

Virginia Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    You can, but you'll have to cast a provisional ballot which will take longer to be verified. So why wait, just do it now!

    do it
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you're registered you can request to have your ballot mailed to you. You must request it by October 28th, but we recommend doing it sooner. Then, you can fill it out and return it by November 8th. Note that you need a witness signature for when you fill out your ballot. You can request your ballot here.

    Request here
  • Can I vote early?

    There is early in-person voting, which runs from September 23rd to November 5th.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A state driver's license, US passport, student ID from a Virginia school of higher education or any private school, employee ID, tribal ID, voter photo ID card all work. If you don't have one, you may be able to sign an ID statement confirming your identity. Get all the details below from VoteRiders.

    learn more
  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling places will be open from 6am to 7pm, and you can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place


Since 2020, there have been changes that will impact how you cast your ballot in Virginia. Here are the differences you should keep an eye on: 

When registering to vote…

  • If you are sixteen or older, will be eighteen by the next general election, and meet all other voter eligibility requirements, you can pre-register to vote.
  • Virginia also now has same-day registration, which enables voters to register to vote and cast a provisional ballot on the same day during Early Voting or on Election Day.


  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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