Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 12

Virginia voters can vote early through absentee in-person voting from September 19 to October 31 at your local registrar’s office or a designated satellite voting location. Call your registrar’s office for more details.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: Individuals must apply to the governor or the court for the restoration of civil rights, including the right to vote following the completion of their sentence. The Department of Corrections is required to provide this information and assist with the application process.

ID Requirements for Voting: Virginia repealed its voter ID law in April, photo ID is no longer required.

Absentee Voting: Virginia has stated that concerns around coronavirus are an applicable excuse for the May and June elections. The witness requirement for absentee ballots has also been waived for the June elections. An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters can download the form online and return it to the local registrar’s office in person at least 3 days prior to the election, or by mail, fax, or email at least 7 days prior to the election. View the list of excuses and request form here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Virginia ranks 25th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Virginia Congressional Delegation

Virginia State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Virginia had higher voter turnout than the United States overall for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size