Voting FAQ

What are the different ways I can vote?

There are several ways you can vote:

1. In person on election day
2. In person before election day (early)
3. Absentee (by mail)

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

When do I need to request an absentee ballot? 

The deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Friday, October 22, 2021. The request must be received by local voter registration office by 5:00 p.m.

Why should I vote early in person? 

With early voting, you are able to cast your vote at a time that is convenient for you. Early voting is available on weekdays and the two Saturdays before the election. 

It can also be faster, as lines are often short and move quickly.  

Voting early also frees you up to help others on Election Day, by either supporting a candidate or assisting a relative or friend in getting to the polls.

Learn more about early voting.

When can I vote early in person? 

The first day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office is Friday, September 17, 2021. 

The last day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office is Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Find your local voter registration office.

When do I need to return my absentee ballot? 

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Tuesday, November 2, 2021).

Absentee ballots can also be dropped off at any early voting location prior to Election Day or at any voting precinct within the locality on Election Day and put in a designated Absentee Drop Box that is monitored by an Officer of Election at all times.

Do I need a reason or excuse to vote early in person? 

No. Anyone can vote early. You will not be asked for a reason. You will only need to provide an ID.

How do I vote early in person if I have a disability? 

If you are disabled or care for someone who is disabled, you can bring them to vote and vote early from your car outside the Registrar’s office or at any early voting location during operating hours. A handicapped placard is not required to vote curbside from your car.

Learn more about accessible voting.

What if I need an emergency absentee ballot? 

There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting:

1. Emergency absentee voting due to hospitalization, illness, or other emergency
2. Emergency voting due to unexpected obligation

The procedures for voting are slightly different depending on your reason. Visit the Virginia Department of Elections website for more information.

For more information about voting and to look up your polling location, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.