Vote early this year! No excuse required
Use the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal to check your status, request a ballot, find out where to vote and more.
Vote absentee by mail
You can check online to see that your ballot request has been approved, that your ballot’s been mailed to you and that your voted ballot been received. Be sure to allow enough time for registrars to process requests as many voters are choosing to vote from home this year.
Voter registrars will mail out absentee ballots starting in mid-September. Follow the instructions for your ballot carefully; don’t forget to sign it where indicated. Your ballot does NOT need to be witnessed. Make sure to put it in the return envelope that comes with the ballot.
If you’re mailing your ballot, be sure to mail it ASAP. Ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3 (Election Day) AND received no later than noon on Nov. 6.
You may also return your ballot to your early voting location from Sept. 18 – Oct. 31, to your voter registrar’s office up until Nov. 3, or to your poll location on Election Day. Be sure it’s in the return envelope that came with your ballot, and bring an ID to expedite voting (see below).
Use this handy tracker to follow your ballot as it’s mailed from the registrar to you (starting Sept. 18) and on its return via USPS to the registrar’s office.
Vote absentee in person beginning Sept. 18
Early voting is Monday through Friday starting Sept. 18, plus the two Saturdays before the election (Oct. 24 and 31). Bring an ID to expedite voting. Curbside voting and ballot drop-off available.
Early voting locations:
If you live in James City County:
JCC Recreation Center
(NOT the Registrar’s office)
8 am -5 pm
5301 Longhill Rd. 23188
If you live in the City of Williamsburg:
Williamsburg Municipal Building
8 am – 4:30 pm
401 Lafayette St. 23185
New rules for voter IDs — no photo ID required
- Acceptable ID: Virginia driver’s license, voter registration card, utility bill, other documents containing your name and address, employer-supplied ID with photo or college-issued student ID
- Voters who do not have an acceptable ID may sign an ID confirmation statement.
Voting on Election Day, Nov. 3 from 6 am – 7 pm
Election Day is now a state holiday in Virginia.
Bring your ID. Curbside voting and ballot drop-off available.
Find out more
- What’s on my ballot
- How to register to vote or check your voter registration
- Democrats in the 2020 General Assembly session made voting easier for Virginians.