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Upcoming Elections in Virginia

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Voter Registration Ends: Last day to register to vote in the November General Election. October 17,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Deadline for absentee ballot applications from citizens requesting a mailed absentee ballot to be received. November 1,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In-person Absentee Voting- The general registrars office shall be open a minimum of eight hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. November 5,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Leesburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kristen Umstattd - Population(42,616)
  • Manassas Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Harry J. 'Hal' Parrish, II - Population(37,821)
  • Portsmouth Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kenneth Irvin Wright - Population(95,535)
  • Richmond Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Dwight C. Jones - Population(204,214)
  • Suffolk Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Linda T. Johnson - Population(84,585)
  • Virginia Beach Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: William D. Sessoms, Jr. - Population(437,994)
November 8, 2016
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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)
  • 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

If you don’t have one of these photo IDs, or you do but it’s expired, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

  • Simply go to your nearest Voter Registration Office ( and apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card.
  • You can apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card throughout the year from any local voter registration office, even on Election Day. Once you have completed the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application (English | Español) in the presence of a designated Virginia Election Official, they will take your picture and have you sign a digital signature pad. Your Virginia Voter Photo ID Card will be printed and mailed to your address on file in the Voter Registration System.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM

Virginia Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Am I eligible To Vote in Virginia?

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What's on Virginia ballot in 2016

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Who Can Vote in Primaries in Virginia?

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Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

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Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Virginia?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Virginia? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

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