2017 Virginia Elections

Vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The stakes are too high to stay home.


Find your polling place here.

Check your voter registration status here.


Quick links:

 


Meet the candidates working to create opportunities that give immigrants and working families in Virginia a fair shot.

RALPH NORTHAM, Governor


JUSTIN FAIRFAX, Lieutenant Governor


MARK HERRING, Attorney General

These candidates will fight for:

A STRONGER, FAIRER ECONOMY

A livable wage and good jobs with benefits that allow workers to balance the needs of their families and personal obligations.

ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE

Better access to affordable health care by expanding Medicaid for 400,000 working Virginians—and getting back $2.6 billion of our federal tax dollars that are currently going to other states to fund their Medicaid programs.

JUSTICE FOR ALL VIRGINIANS

Reform our criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts communities of color and protect our immigrant neighbors so that all families have the opportunity to pursue their dreams through hard work.


Know your rights: Voter protection

Intimidation and harassment at your polling place

You have the right to be free from intimidation and harassment at your polling place. If someone tries to harass or intimidate you, you should call 844-4VA-VOTE and report what happened. You should also tell your poll worker.

Voter challenges

Voter challenges can be used to cause delays, uncertainty and intimidation. If someone challenges you, you can insist on your right to vote and ask for a copy of the challenge. You can also call 844-4VA-VOTE and report what happened.

Video or photos of problems

You can use your cellphone to take a video or photos of any problems outside the polling place. This will document the problems for further action.

3 tips to follow before going to vote

Be prepared before going to vote:

  • Check the status of your registration. Make sure you are registered by Oct. 16, 2017.
  • Check to make sure you know your correct polling place. Your ballot might not be counted if you vote at the wrong place, so be sure you know exactly where to vote.
  • Check to see if you have the right ID. Make sure you have the right ID when you go to your polling place.

Questions? Call 844-4VA-VOTE (844-482-8683)


Are you eligible to vote?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN VIRGINIA?

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a citizen of the United States
AGE: You must be 18 by Nov. 7, 2017.
RESIDENCE: You must be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct where you will be voting. You can’t be registered and planning to vote in another state.

 

How do I register to vote in Virginia?

ID is not required to fill out a voter registration form.

ONLINE

Register to vote online here.

DEADLINE: Oct. 16, 2017

BY MAIL

You can register to vote by mail by filling out the voter application form at iAmericaAction.org/voteVA. You will be directed to print and mail the form to: Virginia Department of Elections, 1100 Bank St., Richmond, VA 23219 or to your local voter registrar. Look up your local voter registrar’s address.

DEADLINE: The registration application must be postmarked by Oct. 16, 2017.

IN PERSON

You can get a copy of the voter registration form online or from state offices, public libraries, the DMV or military recruiting offices. You can fill out the voter registration form and bring it in person to your local voter registrar’s office. Find your local voter registrar’s office.

DEADLINE: The registration application must be received by Oct. 16, 2017.

 Download printable version


Update Your Registration

HAVE YOU MOVED SINCE YOU LAST VOTED?

If you have moved, changed your name or party affiliation, don’t forget to update your voter registration with your new information. The deadline to update your registration is Oct. 16, 2017.



List of documents to vote

You will need a photo ID to vote.

This is a list of photo ID documents you can show to vote. IDs can be used up to a year after ID has expired.

  • Valid Virginia driver’s license or state ID Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued veteran’s ID card
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Other government-issued photo ID cards
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by Virginia
  • Valid college or university student photo ID card (must be from a college located in Virginia)
  • Valid student ID with photo issued by a public school or private school in Virginia
  • Employee ID card with photo and issued by the employer

If you do not have one of these photo IDs, you can apply for a free Virginia voter photo ID card from any local voter registration office—even on Election Day. Find your local voter registration office.



Vote by Absentee Ballot

Can I vote by absentee ballot?
  • You qualify to get an absentee ballot if you:
  • will be away from home because of work travel or vacation on Nov. 7; or
  • are a student or spouse of a student who will be away from home on Nov. 7; or
  • are disabled, ill or pregnant and unable to go to the polls; or
  • are caring for someone who is disabled or ill and unable to go to the polls; or
  • are in jail awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, if the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day before the Election; or
  • are working for the electoral board, registrar of voters or stationed; or
  • are unable to go to polls because of your religion; or
  • are working and commuting to work for more than 11 hours during the time the polls are open; or
  • are a policeman, firefighter, emergency medical worker; or
  • are in the military on active duty or temporarily residing outside the United States or a family member (spouse or dependent) living with the military member and will be away from your home on Nov. 7.

When you fill out the absentee ballot application, you will need to add a code number that gives the reason for your absentee ballot request. Find a list of codes below.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

I have a Virginia driver’s license or ID card:

ONLINE

If you have a driver’s license or state ID, you can request an absentee ballot online.
Deadline to file an online application: October 31, 2017.

I do NOT have a driver’s license or state ID:

If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, you can request an absentee ballot by mail, fax, email or in person.

BY MAIL, FAX OR EMAIL

Print and fill out the absentee ballot application form.
Return the completed and signed form to your voter registration office by mail, fax or email.

Fnd your voter registration office.
Deadline to return application for absentee ballot by mail, fax or email: Must be received by October 31, 2017.

IN PERSON AT YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE

You can request the absentee ballot and submit it in person. If you go to your voter registration office in person by Nov. 4, 2017, you can apply for the ballot, receive it, and vote all at the same time. You must show an approved photo ID to receive your absentee ballot in person.
Deadline to return absentee ballot in person: November 4, 2017.

When do I need to return my absentee ballot?

Your absentee ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2017, either in person at the voter registration office or by mail. Some first-time voters who requested absentee ballots by mail must vote in person. Check if you are a first time voter.

The best way to make sure you can vote is to double check your voter registration information before Oct. 16, 2017.

Reason Codes for Voting Absentee

Code

Reason

Supporting Information Required

1A

Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia

Name of college or university

1B

Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia

Name of college or university

1C

Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day

Name of employer or business

1D

Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day

Place of travel (VA county/city or state or country)

1E

I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day

Name of  employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM)

1F

I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)

Not required

2A

My disability or illness

Not required

2B

I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home

Family Relationship

2C

My pregnancy

Not required

3A

Confined, awaiting trial

Name of institution

3B

Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor

Name of institution

4A

An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment

Not required

5A

I have a religious obligation

Not required

6A

Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces

Branch of service

6B

Spouse or dependent living with a member of 6A

Branch of service

6C

Temporarily residing outside of US

Enter your last date of residency at your Virginia voting residence only if you have given up that address permanently or have no intent to return

6D

Temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee

Name of business or employer

7A

Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only 
(Ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent)

New state of residence and date moved from Virginia. Only eligible if you moved less than 30 days before the presidential election.

8A

Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place

Not required


Voting on Nov 7

Where do I vote on Election Day, Nov. 7?

You have to vote in the polling place that was listed on the voter registration card that you received after you registered. Find your polling place here.

What hours are the polls open?

The polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re in line by 7 p.m., you will be able to vote.

Can I get voting materials in a language other than English?

You can get voting materials in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean in Fairfax County.

No matter which county you live in you have the right to bring an interpreter with you to the polling place or get help in your language from anyone you choose except for your employer, an agent of your employer, or your union.

Do I have to show ID?

Yes. You must show a photo ID to vote. Find a list of documents you can use here. If you do not have one of the photo IDs listed, you can apply for a free Virginia voter photo id card from any local voter registration office, even on Election Day. Find your local voter registration office.

What if I find out I’m at the wrong polling place?

You can ask the poll worker to help you find the polling place where you’re registered. You can also check your polling place here.

If you can’t travel to or find the polling place where you’re registered, you can vote a provisional ballot as a last resort.

What if my name isn’t on the list at the polling place?

You can ask the poll worker to double-check the list again to see if you’re at the right polling place. You can also check your voter registration information here.

You have the right to vote a provisional ballot even though the poll worker cannot find your name.

 


Paid for by SEIU COPE on behalf of iAmerica Action. Authorized by Ralph Northam, candidate for Governor; Justin Fairfax, candidate for Lt. Governor and Mark Herring, candidate for Attorney General.