RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – It’s that time of year again. Political ads have begun to appear, signs have gone up in neighbors lawns and your phone is ringing off the hook– it’s election season, and with elections comes registration.
With a little under a month until Election Day on Nov. 6, the deadline to register is fast approaching. In order to vote in the Nov. 6 election you must register by Oct. 15 — this Monday.
You can register to vote in person, by mail or online.
If you register to vote in person, you will need to go to your local election office to fill out the application before 5 p.m. on Oct. 15. To find your local registration office visit the Department of Elections’ website here.
To register to vote by mail you have the option to either print the application from the Department of Elections’ website or pick one up at your local DMV, social service office, public library or other local government offices. These applications then must the be filled out and sent to your local registration office. These applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15.
To register online you need to fill out the online application on the Department of Elections’ website. This online application requires a DMV ID number to verify the applicant. These applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15. Check out our story on online registration here.
In order to register to vote in Virginia you must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be a resident of Virginia
- be at least 18 years old by Nov. 6
- have had voting rights restore if convicted felon
- have had the capacity restored by court order if mentally incapacitated
- not be registered to vote in another state
Not sure if you’re registered? You can check your status on the Department of Election’s online Citizen Portal.
If you have any questions about registration, local voter registration offices, absentee voting, acceptable photo IDs and more, visit the Department of Elections’ website at vote.virginia.gov or call toll-free at (800) 552-9745.