Virginia Dates

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Virginia Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Presidential Primary Election Day
Last day to request for absentee ballotFebruary 23, 2016
Last day to return for absentee ballot by 7pmMarch 1, 2016
June 14, 2016 - Primary Election Day
Last day to request for absentee ballotJune 7, 2016
Last day to return for absentee ballot by 7pmJune 14, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Last day to request for absentee ballotNovember 1, 2016
Last day to return for absentee ballot by 7pmNovember 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Chesapeake Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Dr. Alan P. Krasnoff - Population(222,209)
  • Manassas Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Harry J. 'Hal' Parrish, II - Population(37,821)
May 3, 2016
  • Hampton Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: George Wallace - Population(137,436)
    May Mayor Elect takes office 7/1/2016.
  • Norfolk Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Paul D. Fraim - Population(242,803)
    Mayor Fraim will not seek re-election.
May 10, 2016
  • Danville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Sherman Saunders - Population(43,055)
  • Lynchburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Michael A. Gillette, Ph.D - Population(75,568)
  • Roanoke Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: David A. Bowers - Population(97,032)
    Mayor Bowers will not seek re-election.
July 1, 2016
  • Leesburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Kristen Umstattd - Population(42,616)
  • 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

At 6:45 p.m. announce that polls will close in 15 minutes. At 7:00 p.m. announce that Polls Are Closed.

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

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Virginia Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)



No specific law requiring time off to vote.

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