2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

June 14, 2016 - Primary Election Day
Last day to register to vote in the June primaryMay 23, 2016
Deadline for general registrar to receive absentee ballot applications from citizens requesting a mailed absentee ballot.June 7, 2016
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.June 11, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Last day to register to vote in the November General Election.October 17, 2016
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.October 29, 2016
Deadline for absentee ballot applications from citizens requesting a mailed absentee ballot to be received.November 1, 2016
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
  • 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)
    July
  • Lynchburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Michael A. Gillette, Ph.D - Population(75,568)
    July
  • 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)
    November
  • 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
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Time Off For Voting:

No specific law requiring time off to vote.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Virginia does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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