Be a voter, make your voice heard!

Virginia is a stronger commonwealth when voters head to the polls to make their voices heard. Help build a stronger community when you cast your vote.

The next election in Virginia is November 2, 2021. This is a general election for the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates, and some local offices (varies by locality).

Important dates and deadlines

Friday, September 17, 2021

First day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office

Tuesday, October 2, 2021

Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration

Friday, October 22 2021

Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. The request must be received by the local voter registration office by 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Voter registration offices open for early voting

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Voter registration offices open for early voting

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Last day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office

How to Register to Vote

The first step to being a voter is making sure you are registered to vote in Virginia.

Check your registration status, update your new address, and check your voter history on the Virginia Department of Elections website:

If you haven’t registered to vote yet, follow these instructions to make sure you can cast a ballot for the November 2, 2021 General Election!

1. Obtain a voter registration application

Or pick up an application from any of the following locations: 

  • Local voter registrar’s office
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • Virginia Department of Elections Office
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Office
  • Voter registration drives
  • State of local government offices 

2. Complete your voter registration application

  • Complete all information on the application. If any information requested does not apply to you, indicate such by writing the word “none” or “N/A” in that space
  • Sign and date the registration application

3. Submit your voter registration application by October 12, 2021

  • If you are registering online: the deadline to submit your application is October 12, 11:59 PM
  • If you are registering with a physical application: mail your application via the U.S. Postal Service or hand-deliver it to any official registration office by 5:00 P.M.

How to Vote: Early, by Mail, In-Person on November 2

How to Vote Early

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office or local satellite voting site between September 17, 2021 and October 30, 2021.

To vote early, you must provide your name, address, and an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement affirming your identity.

Click below for the full, expanded list of acceptable forms for ID:

How to Vote by Email

The deadline to request your vote by mail ballot for the November General Election is October 22, 2021 at 5pm. Don’t wait until the last minute!

Apply to vote by mail on the Department of Elections citizen portal:

You can also apply to vote by mail by:
  • Downloading a paper form from the Department of Elections’ Voter Forms page
  • Obtaining a paper form at your county registrar’s office
You can submit your vote by mail application form by mail, fax, or email. To find your local registrar’s contact information, use this Look-up Tool.
Your ballot must be returned to your Local Registrar by 7pm on Election Day. If you plan to send it back by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by noon the third day following Election Day. Some counties offer ballot drop-off boxes, so be sure to check your local registrar’s website for up-to-date information!
Click below to track the status of your absentee ballot:

How to Vote In-Person on November 2

Go to your polling location on Election Day, November 2. Polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are standing in line at 7:00 p.m., you must be allowed to vote.

Click below to find your polling location:

You will be asked to provide ID to vote, but if you don’t have a form of acceptable ID, you can sign a statement confirming your identity and must be allowed to cast a regular ballot. The full, expanded list of acceptable IDs can be found here.