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Virginia

Population

8,535,519

Voting-Age Pop.

6,096,244

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 50 %
Trump 45 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 13, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

You do not have to have a reason to vote by mail.

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  • No, residents of Virginia must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of Virginia must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • The deadline for receipt of your request by mail, email or fax is 5pm on the 11th day before the election.

Requests must be received by: Oct 23, 5pm

The deadline for receipt of your request by mail, email or fax is 5pm on the 11th day before the election.

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  • Sept 18: Ballots can be mailed out to applicants starting 45 days prior to the relevant election date.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: Ballots can be mailed out to applicants starting 45 days prior to the relevant election date.

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  • Return your ballot to your local registrar by 7pm on Election Day.

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Return your ballot to your local registrar by 7pm on Election Day.

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  • If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.

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If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early. You must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Oct 13.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

If you get to your polling place without acceptable ID, you can sign an ID statement affirming your identity and you will be able to vote a regular ballot. If you do not sign an ID statement to affirm your identity you may vote a provisional ballot. You will be provided instructions to ensure your vote will count.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elections.virginia.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • Other US Government-Issued Photo ID

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  • Virginia Driver’s License

  • Virginia DMV-issued Photo ID

  • Other Virginia Government-Issued Photo ID

  • Virginia Voter Photo ID card

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  • Employer-Issued Photo ID

  • Student ID

    Issued by any community college or university located in the United States

  • Tribal Enrollment or Other Tribal Photo ID

  • Copy of Current Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, Paycheck or Other Government Document

    Containing the name and address of the voter


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Covid-19 Voting

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