With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Virginia!

You have until October 31, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Before visiting your local registrar’s office, you may wish to check your registration status or call your registrar’s office. You can find your registrar’s phone number here. To vote early in-person, do the following:

  • Starting 45 days before Election Day, visit your local registrar’s office or a satellite voting location in your county or city to vote early. Remember, the Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early.
  • You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.
  • At the registrar’s office or satellite voting location, you must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit our Voting In-Person page. If acceptable identification is not provided, you must sign an ID Confirmation Statement or a provisional ballot will be offered and you are allowed until the Friday at noon following the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.
  • Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all counties will have absentee ballot drop off boxes.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all postage for vote by mail ballots will be paid for by the Office of the Secretary.
  • Almost all registered Virginia voters can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

  • If you registered to vote by mailing in your voter registration application AND it is your first time voting in your district --- you cannot vote by mail unless you meet one of the following conditions:

    • You are a student attending college/university outside of your city/county of residence in Virginia
    • You have a disability or illness that prevents you from voting in person
    • You are pregnant
    • You are confined awaiting trial or you are confined following conviction for a misdemeanor
    • You are active duty merchant marine or in the armed forces or a spouse or dependent of an active duty service member
    • You are temporarily residing outside of the United States
    • You have moved to another state less than thirty days before a Presidential election and you are requesting a ballot for Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors only
    • You are age 65 or older

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Virginia voters must provide their Virginia driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Virginia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote;
  • be at least 17 years old to register and at least 18 years old by the next general election. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election;
  • if convicted of a felony, have had your civil rights restored. Most people have their civil rights restored when they complete probation and parole. You may find your civil rights status here: https://solutions.virginia.gov/RestorationOfRights/Search; and
  • not currently be declared incapacitated by a court.

Can I register online?

Virginia voters must include their Virginia driver's license number or state ID number and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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