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Voter Registration

How to register to vote . . . and more

Register to Vote


You are eligible to register to vote in Virginia if you are:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old by the general election date
  • A resident of Virginia
  • Not 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 has been restored


  • Virginia Department of Elections office or download a form from the Department's website. You may be eligible to register online on the Department's website. See
  • Local voter registrars' offices
  • Department of Motor Vehicle offices
  • Government offices providing Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Rehabilitation Services, and services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • Voter registration drives

FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM COMPLETELY and take it or mail it to the local registrar's office listed on the form

You should receive a Virginia voter registration card in the mail. If you do not receive your card, contact the local registrar to be sure your application was processed.


CITY OF RICHMOND, GENERAL REGISTRAR City Hall, Room 105, 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804-646-5950)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY GENERAL REGISTRAR 9848 Lori Road (Court Square) P.O. Box 1690 Chesterfield, VA 23832 (804-748-1471)

GOOCHLAND COUNTY GENERAL REGISTRAR 1800 Sandy Hook Road P.O.Box 1013 Goochland, Virginia 23063 (804-556-5303)

HANOVER COUNTY GENERAL REGISTRAR 7497 County Complex Road P.O. Box 419 Hanover, VA 23069 (804-365-6080)

HENRICO COUNTY GENERAL REGISTRAR 4301 E. Parham Rd. Rm. 105 23228 and 3820 Nine Mile Rd. Rm. 100 23223 P.O. Box 90775 Henrico, VA 23273 (804-501-4347)

POWHATAN COUNTY GENERAL REGISTRAR 3910 Old Buckingham Road Suite E Powhatan, VA 23139 (804-598-5604)

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS Washington Building 1100 Bank St. First Floor Richmond, VA 23219 (804-864-8901) Tollfree: (800-552-9745)

Absentee Voting


You may request an absentee ballot if you expect to be away from home on election day for reasons including:

- on personal or professional business or vacation
- attending college or university away from home (also spouse)
- on active military duty (also spouse or dependent)
- have a religious obligation
Unable to go to the polls because you are:
- temporarily residing outside the U.S. for employment (also spouse or dependent)
- working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm on election day
- member of electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
- a first responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, or search and rescue)
- pregnant, ill, disabled, or hospitalized
- caring for a sick or disabled family member
- confined while awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor

You can apply to vote absentee as early as one year before the election. Ballots are available 45 days before most elections.

To vote absentee by mail, complete the Absentee Ballot Application form and return it to your local registrar's office. After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail. Complete your ballot and return it to your local registrar by 7:00 pm on election day.

You may also vote absentee in-person within 45 days of election day at your local registrar's office.

Restoration of Voting Rights


For complete information on the restoration of rights process see the website of the Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth at or contact the Restoration of Rights Division at 804-692-0104 or 1-855-575-9177