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Requirements for Voter Registration in Virginia

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, a person must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old. Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age by the next General Election will be permitted to register in advance.
  • Be a resident of Virginia. A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state or locality is not considered a resident for voting purposes.
  • Is not claiming residence or the right to vote in any other state.
  • Is not currently declared incapacitated by a court of law.
  • If convicted of a felony, voting rights have been restored.

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 Warning

Your voter registration application contains very personal information that can be used by "identity thieves."

Protect your identity
DO NOT give your application to anyone or any organization that you do not know and trust. If you are not sure, mail it yourself.

A stamp is cheap... identity theft is not.


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Important Voter Deadlines

SEPTEMBER 23 - FIRST DAY TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON
OCTOBER 17 - DEADLINE TO REGISTER IN PERSON, BY MAIL, AND ONLINE
OCTOBER 28 - DEADLINE TO REQUEST A MAIL-IN BALLOT
NOVEMBER 5 - LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON
NOVEMBER 8 - ELECTION DAY (IF YOU ARE DOING A MAIL-IN BALLOT, THOSE ALSO MUST BE MAILED BY This day)


Frequently Asked Questions

How does early voting work?

In the state of Virginia, early in-person absentee voting begins 45 days before the election.

The Central Absentee Precinct will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Friday, September 17th for early absentee in person. In addition to those hours, we will be open on Saturday, October 23rd and October 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for early absentee in person. The deadline to vote absentee in person is 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 30th.

How can I change my registration?

How can change the address listed on your voter registration online with the Virginia Department of Elections.

If I don't live in Norfolk or Virginia, how can I register to vote?

Use the link "Contact Your Home State for Information" to access state specific information from all 50 states OR... register to vote on the National Voter Registration Application which is accepted by all states. Send your completed application to the locality of residence.

I'm registered elsewhere. How can I vote when I'm away at college?

Each state has a process for voting by absentee ballot for those who are absent on Election Day. Use the link "Contact Your Home State for Information" to access state specific information and absentee applications for your home state. The absentee process is quick and easy. Being away at college is likely a qualifying reason to vote absentee in your state.

Is the absentee ballot process available to all students?

As of July 1, you do not need an excuse to request an absentee ballot in the state of Virginia. Any registered voter is able to vote absentee in elections.

If I choose to use my ODU campus residence hall as my legal residence address, what should I know before registering?

  • Voting precinct and districts are determined by your physical location on campus.
  • In order to assign you to the correct voting districts and precinct, you must provide the exact location on campus where you reside.
  • A registration application can only be processed if all requested information is provided and all questions are answered.
  • Information must be updated when you move.

What address information is needed for registration?

On the Virginia Voter Registration Application, Residence (Permanent) Home Address line, list your residence hall/living quarters:

Street Number - Street Name - Room/Apt #

How will I know that my application for registration has been accepted?

A Voter Information Notice will be mailed to you within 30 days. This notice contains information about your voting districts and polling place. This notice can also be used as proof of identification to vote in person.

NOTE: Once your Virginia registration is confirmed, cancel any previous registration. Still have questions? E-mail us at vote@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4353.


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