Voting and Registering to Vote

Empower Your Voice, Cast Your Choice

Voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process and electing leaders to represent them and their ideas in government. View the 10 tips to enhance your voting experience (PDF).

To learn more about voting in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Elections Casting a Ballot page.

Presidential Primary Election - Tuesday, March 5, 2024

View the 100 days notice and the primary election order (PDF) regarding the upcoming presidential primary election on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

View Sample Ballots

View the sample ballot examples (PDF) for the March 5 election.

Early Voting

Early voting will occur from Friday, Jan. 19 - Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Deadline to Register to Vote

In order to vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election, register to vote by Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.

Register to Vote

Ready to take action? Follow our simple steps to register to vote and ensure your participation in the upcoming elections.

Virginia Voter Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Virginia, a voter 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 and vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • Have his/her/their right to vote restored if ever convicted of a felony

Vote Absentee by Mail and Early Voting In-Person

Absentee/Early voting begins 45 days prior to each election. Voters have the option to vote by mail or vote early in person. Should voters want to vote by mail, the voter may submit an application to receive an absentee ballot for one election or all future elections (Permanent Absentee List). Find out more information regarding absentee/early voting from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Witness Signature Requirement Removed

The General Assembly of Virginia passed HB1948, which removes the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots and replaces it with the requirement that a voter provide the last four digits of their social security number and their birth year (§ 24.2-707). HB1948 became effective July 1, 2023.

Ballot Envelope B Example

Approved Early Voting Sites and Availability

Registrar's Office

In-person voting at the Registrar's Office (9848 Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832).

Select Library Satellite Sites

Select library satellite sites open during general elections only. Locations:

Accessible and Curbside Voting

Accessible and curbside voting for those with a disability or age 65 and older is available during early voting § 24.2-649.1.

Drop Boxes

Voters who receive their ballot by mail can return it by mail or by drop box. Drop boxes, which are a secure, no-contact way to return an absentee ballot, are available at early voting sites during their dates and hours of operation. It will also be available at the Registrar's Office only, the day before Election Day from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Vote on Election Day

Be prepared to cast your vote by knowing when to vote and what to bring to your voting location. This will ensure your active participation in this democratic process.

When and What to Bring

View upcoming election dates. In addition to being registered to vote, Virginia law requires you to show one valid identification (PDF) at your voting location.

Where to Vote and Voting Locations

To cast your vote on Election Day, you must visit your registered polling place, which you can confirm by logging into the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.

To cast your vote by absentee/early voting or accessible voting options, visit the designated early voting locations.

Returning Ballots via Drop Box Locations

Voters who receive their ballot by mail can return it by mail or by drop box. On Election Day, drop boxes, which are a secure, no-contact way to return an absentee ballot, are available at all precincts and at the Registrar's Office during hours of operation.

Accessible and Curbside Voting

Learn more about accessible and curbside voting. An Officer of Election will be available at each polling place to assist voters at curbside who are 65 years of age or older, or any voter with a physical disability.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access. One main requirements is that every polling location in Virginia must be equipped with at least one accessible voting system.

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System is available at each polling place to assist voters with disabilities to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability.

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System does not store votes. It uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record which can then be taken to the DS200 Optical Scanner to scan and cast the vote.