How to Register to Vote in Virginia?
Eligibility to vote in Virginia
To register to be a voter, you need to be eligible to vote. The following are the eligibility conditions in the State of Virginia that you need to fulfill:
- Should be a resident in the State of Virginia, anyone staying temporarily cannot be registered.
- Should be a US citizen
- Can be 17 years at the time of registration, but to vote you need to be 18.
- Should not have been declared mentally incompetent.
- Should not have been convicted of a felony with voting rights suspended.
- Should not be registered anywhere else as a voter
Where to Register to vote in Virginia?
Registration is possible in many places. They include:
- Local voter registration office.
- State or local Government offices while applying for aid for dependent children, WIC, Medicaid, food stamps, or rehab.
- Disability offices of the Government.
- Armed Forces recruitment centers.
- Public libraries.
- Offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Department of Elections offices in Virginia state.
- During a voter registration drive that is conducted.
Registration deadline in Virginia
You can register anytime you want. However, if you are registering before the election, you need to keep in mind that you must register 22 days before the election. Only then will you be eligible to vote. You will receive a notification of registration card. In case you do not receive, you need to contact the local Board of Elections.
Sometimes individual registrations are conducted, in such cases, you can even apply up to 13 days before the election or even seven days before the election (if drive called by the Governor).
Party affiliation in Virginia
While registering, you would be asked to record your party affiliation. If you file the same, then you can vote in the party primaries, caucus, convention, etc. You can choose not to show an association, in which case you cannot participate in the principal of the party.
How to Register to vote in Virginia?
You can register online by visiting the website https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/index.html
While recording you need to provide your social security number or any other government ID which has your name and address.
Once you are finished with the online registration process, you will receive a notification card. If you do not get this card, you can verify online or contact the local board of elections.
In person registration
You can visit any of the places for registration mentioned above and fill in the application. You need to fill the form and record all your details. Your residential address and the document you are showing as proof needs to be recorded.
After completing the form, you need to hand it over to the officer in charge, where you are submitting the form.
By mail registration
You can also choose to submit the voter form by mail. In which case, you can download the form online from this link: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/index.html
Once you download, take a print and fill the form. Make sure no details are left out and also verify if the name and address you have recorded match the name and address on the motor vehicle records or your social security details.
On filling the form, you can send it by mail to the local registrar office. You can use this link to find the address of your local office: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup
Once you hand in your voter form, you will get a notification card, and your registration is complete. You can vote at the next elections.
- Make sure you enter correct details; else you are liable for action under the law.
- You can obtain a voter photo identification card. You can visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/index.html or call (800)-552-9745 for details.