Virginia Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 17th (by mail)

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Do First Time Voters Need ID?

yes

Do All Voters Need ID?

yes

Complete Virginia Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? Yes
Student ID accepted? Yes

 

What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • United States passport
  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Military ID
  • Any other identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • Concealed handgun permit
  • Any valid student ID card issued by any institution of higher education located in Virginia
  • Employee identification card

A voter who does not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot. For more info in voting with a provisional ballot, click here.

Virginia Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Virginia before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Virginia voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Virginia address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. It may be difficult for students attending school in Virginia to establish residency for voting purposes at their school address. The state has one of the strictest residency requirements in the country. In order to establish residency, Virginia’s constitution and election laws require that the state be both your “domicile,” meaning that you intend to reside and remain in Virginia, and your “place of abode,” meaning the physical place where you live. Virginia’s Supreme Court has interpreted these requirements to mean that you must intend to remain at your address for an “unlimited time” in order to establish voting residency.

Virginia Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Individuals convicted of most felonies are eligible to apply for a gubernatorial restoration of voting rights three years after completing their sentence. Those convicted of violent felonies, drug sales, and electoral offenses must wait five years before applying.