Am I Registered?
If you’re not sure, you can check here.
How To Vote?
Polling locations will be open as normal on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. You can find your polling place here.
The CDC has posted guidelines about how to vote safely in person and has also recommended exploring alternate voting options such as vote by mail.
Here’s where you can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail.
You have until Oct. 23 to request it. Because of potential mail delays, returning your absentee ballot through mail as soon as possible is probably a good idea.
You can check to see if your absentee ballot was received at the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal.
If you request an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person on Election Day, then you must bring your unvoted absentee ballot to the precinct. If you don’t bring it, then you’ll need to request a provisional ballot. If you bring your absentee ballot to drop off at a registrar’s office, then you must have a photo ID with you. After requesting or returning your ballot, you can check the status at the state’s citizen portal at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.
If you don’t want to mail a ballot or risk the crowds at the polls on Nov. 3, you can also vote early in person — although unlike in other states, Virginia doesn’t call it “early voting.” Here, it’s “in-person absentee voting.” You used to need an excuse to vote this way, but you no longer do under a new law that took effect July 1. You don’t need to request a mail ballot to vote in-person absentee, but if you did request it, then you should bring it with you when you vote in person.
Whatever day you’re voting in person, you’ll need valid “voter identification.” Under a new state law, you no longer have to have a photo ID to vote, but if you don’t, you’ll need to prove your identity some other way, such as with voter confirmation documents or a current bank statement, utility bill or paycheck.
Where you can vote:
In Virginia Beach, you can vote early in-person between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. at the registrar’s office – that’s Building 14 in the municipal center.
In Norfolk, you can vote early in-person at Norfolk City Hall. Beginning Monday, October 12, Norfolk will open four satellite early voting stations: Berkley Community Center, Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library, Lambert’s Point Community Center and Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library.
In Chesapeake, starting Friday you can vote early in-person at the registrar’s office and at six libraries around the city: Central Library, Greenbrier Library, Indian River Library, Major Hillard Library, Russell Memorial Library and South Norfolk Library.
Absentee ballot dropboxes will be available at all of these Chesapeake early voting sites as well. Chesapeake early voting runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31.
In Suffolk, early voting is available at the registrar’s office across the street from City Hall.
In Portsmouth, in-person early voting is available at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Portsmouth offers the same Saturday hours as Chesapeake.