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ELECTION 2018: Vote!


Some media outlets (and folks on social media) are reporting claims from a number of previously registered voters who say they are no longer registered to vote in their localities. Check your status at the link below.

Note: You must put in the address where you are currently registered to vote or the system will not locate you in the voter rolls.

Check Your Registration Status

Important Dates To Remember For The 2018 Elections

Monday, October 15, 2018: Last day to register to vote in the November General election

Saturday, October 27, 2018: In-Person Absentee Voting-The general registrar's office shall be open a minimum of eight hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018: 5:00 PM Deadline for the general registrar’s office to receive a request for an absentee ballot by mail in the November election

Saturday, November 3, 2018: In-Person Absentee Voting-The general registrar's office shall be open a minimum of eight hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018: November General Election Day

Register To Vote

To register to vote in Virginia, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Virginia, at least 18 years old by the next general election, have had voting rights restored if convicted of a felony, and have had capacity restored by court order if declared mentally incapacitated.

Register to Vote in Virginia

Modify Your Virginia Registration


Restore Your Rights

Revive My Vote (through the W&M Law School)

Restoration of Rights (through the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia)

Photo ID Required

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) when voting in person at their polling place.

There are many different types of photo IDs that voters can use when they vote.  All of the acceptable forms of photo ID can be used up to a year after ID has expired.  These photo IDs include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business

For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, see this helpful .pdf from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Local Voter Registrar And Election Offices

Look to your city or county voter registrar for information and forms such as sample ballots, absentee voting, volunteering and more.



James City County

Newport News


York County

Other Elections And Voting Information

Need a crash course or friendly reminder about the basics of elections and voting?

Voting FAQs

Election Laws

Presidential Election Process

The Election Process for Students & First Time Voters
A Beginners Guide to Election Rights, Rules and Regulations.

Thanks to our colleagues at TNCC and Radford for inspiration and for the wording used in this guide.