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Key Dates

General Election: November 6, 2012
Action Date
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Full Transcript

Intro and agenda:

Hello I’m Daphne O’Neal and you are watching the update for the state of Virginia.   This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote.   We’ll cover who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote, what forms of ID will be accepted, early and absentee voting and where you can get additional assistance.

Latest and Pending Changes

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice granted pre-clearance for Virginia’s amendment to its voter ID law — meaning it can be used in the November election.  Virginia’s law is not as strict as the laws that were denied pre-clearance in South Carolina and Texas.

Registration Information

To register to vote in Virginia, you must be:
* A citizen of the United States
* A resident of Virginia
* 18 years old by the next general election
* Not be registered and planning to vote in another state
* Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
* If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.

You must also provide your social security number when you register or your voter registration will be denied.

If you are registering to vote in Virginia for the first time, you will need to include a copy of one of the following forms of ID:
* A current and valid photo ID
* A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

You may also present this information at the polls, but that will cause delays.

We have provided a link to the voter registration form in the Green section below.  Once completed, return the form and any required documentation by mail.  Addresses are included on the form.  Registration applications must be postmarked or delivered by hand 22 days before election.

If you think you are already registered to vote, it’s a good idea to confirm your registration and your current address using the voter verification link in the Green section below.

Verification also gives you the opportunity to change your address and learn the location of your polling place.  See the red Key Dates section below for registration and other deadlines.

Voting In Person

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2012.  Polls in Virginia will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Use the link in the Green section below to find your local polling place.

Virginia is a state that requires voters to show proof of identity before voting.   However, photo ID is not currently required.

Acceptable identification includes:
* A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
* A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address OR
* Another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter registration card).

If this is your first time voting (in-person or absentee) in a federal election in the state of Virginia, you must provide one of these acceptable forms of identification if you did not send a copy of one of these IDs with your voter registration application.

If you have previously voted in Virginia, you may also use one of these forms of identification:
* Social Security card
* Military ID
* Any other ID card issued by a government agency of the United States, Commonwealth of Virginia or its local subdivision
* Employee ID card containing a photograph
* Any valid student ID card issued by any institution of higher education located in Virginia OR
* A concealed handgun permit.

If you do not show one of the required forms of ID when you go to the polls, you will be offered a provisional ballot marked ID-ONLY. In order to have your ballot count, after you vote, you will have to submit proof of ID to the electoral board either by fax, email, mail or hand.  The deadline for the proof of ID to be received by the electoral board is no later than noon on the third day after the election.

The Virginia electoral board online address is available in the Green section below.

Early and Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting is NOT available to everyone in Virginia.

Absentee ballots are for certain groups of people, including those who are disabled, ill, or pregnant, or cannot make it to the polls because of their occupation, education, business, or vacations as well as other reasons.

First-time Virginia voters who register to vote by mail must vote in person the first time they vote.   These voters cannot vote by absentee ballot.  This restriction does not apply to:
* Full-time college students
* Voters on active duty military
* Overseas voters
* Physically disabled voters
* Voters age 65 or over OR
* Anyone voting a “Presidential Only” ballot.

You must be registered to vote before you request an absentee ballot. A link to request an absentee ballot is provided in the Green section below.

Fill out, sign, and mail or fax the completed application to your local general registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on the Tuesday prior to the election.

An application may be completed in person up until three days before the election.  This can only be done at office of the local general registrar, and you must sign the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary of the electoral board.

You must complete a separate absentee ballot application for each election in which you intend to vote absentee.

Casting In-Person Absentee Ballot
* Check with your General Registrar’s office for locations of In Person Absentee voting sites.
* An absentee application must be completed before casting a ballot.
* Acceptable voter identification must be provided.
* If all of the above is completed, you will then be allowed to cast an absentee ballot.

Additional Assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below, Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.


We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information.  Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here.  Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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Our democracy works best when everyone participates in the process so make sure you vote and encourage others to vote as well. If you found this site helpful please share it with others using any of the sharing methods provided below.  Thank you.


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