Contact Us
Phone (804) 646-5950
Fax: (804) 646-7848
Email vote@rva.gov
absentee@rva.gov
electionofficer@rva.gov
 
Address:
2134 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
 
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 61037
Richmond, Virginia 23261

The Election

All voters casting a ballot in-person will be asked to show one form of identification. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification may instead sign a statement, subject to felony penalties, that they are the named registered voter who they claim to be. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification or sign this statement must vote a provisional ballot.

Election Dates and Deadlines

The next election is the General Election scheduled for November 8th. Early Voting will begin on Friday September 23rd. It will end on Saturday November 5th. The hours will be Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Early Voting will also be available on Saturday October 29th and Saturday November 5th from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Early Voting will be available on Sunday October 30th from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Deadline to register or update your registration before the November 8th General Election – October 17, 2022
Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot – October 28, 2022
Deadline to vote early – November 5, 2022

You can view a sample ballot here.

Voting Equipment

Voters in Richmond cast their ballot on a DS200. A DS200 is a ballot scanner and vote tabulator that is manufactured by Election Systems and Software (ES&S).

This is how the DS200 optical scan voting machines work: a voter marks a paper ballot and places her/his ballot in the optical scan machine. The machine electronically scans the ballot, records the vote, and informs the voter that the ballot has been cast. The machines also let the voter know if the ballot is blank or over-voted (voted for more candidates than allowed in a contest). When the polls close, the DS200 provides election results. In the case of a recount, there is a voter-verified paper audit trail for every vote. Voters who cast their ballot during Early Voting will use what is called an ExpressVote. An ExpressVote is a paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System that uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record for tabulation. As a marker, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating unclear marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark that usually occurs during a recount.

Election Law

If you would like more information about election laws at the federal, state, and local level, click the links below to visit various resourceful and informational sites.

Federal Laws
Statues enforced by the Voting Section of the Department of Justice

State Laws
24.2 of the Code of Virginia

Local Laws
Ordinances regarding elections

United States Election Assistance Commission

Commonly referred to as the EAC, the United States Election Assistance Commission was created as a result of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and is charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.

United States Election Assistance Commission

Election Security

The DS200 does not have a modem and are not connected to the internet.

The DS200 utilizes physical and system access controls including lockable doors, tamper-evident seals and access codes. These security safeguards cannot be bypassed or deactivated and alert election officials of unauthorized access while the unit is in storage, transport, preparation and operation.

The DS200 generates a detailed audit log of all actions and events that have occurred on the unit, which can be printed at any time. Every action and event, including access attempts, access of system functions and errors, is logged and timestamped.

The DS200 will only accept certified and approved USB flash drives that contain encrypted data sealed with the correct, FIPS-compliant, signed data key. As such, once an election official installs election programming, it is not possible for a separate device to interface with the DS200 in order to overwrite or change the election definition or system firmware.

The DS200 is a purpose-built tabulator. Its system functions are only executable during election events, in the manner and order intended by election officials performing their duties. The system performs a self-diagnostic test at startup, which alerts election officials of errors or changes to the system before any election data is introduced.

All data generated during the polls is encrypted and digitally signed. Additional hash validations ensure data integrity remains intact. The DS200 also generates a signed data key, ensuring that should unauthorized access of a unit occur, no other units can be affected through data transfer.

The ExpressVote

The ExpressVote uses physical and system access controls including lockable doors, tamper-evident seals and access codes. These security safeguards cannot be bypassed or deactivated and alert election officials of unauthorized access while the unit is in storage, transport, preparation and operation.

The ExpressVote produces a paper vote summary card that provides voters with the opportunity to review their selections and verify that their vote was recorded accurately before submitting for tabulation. The vote summary card also serves as an audit trail for election officials.

The ExpressVote generates a detailed audit log of all actions and events that have occurred on the unit, which can be printed at any time. Every action and event, including access attempts, access of system functions and errors, is logged and timestamped.

The ExpressVote only accepts certified and approved USB flash drives containing encrypted data signed with the correct, FIPS-compliant, security keys. As such, once an election official installs election programming, it is not possible for a separate device to interface with the ExpressVote in order to overwrite or change the election definition or system firmware.

The ExpressVote is a purpose-built voting machine. Its system functions are only executable during election events, in the manner and order intended by election officials performing their duties. The system performs a self-diagnostic test at startup, which alerts election officials of errors or changes to the system before any election data is introduced.

All data generated during the polls is encrypted and digitally signed. Additional hash validations ensure data integrity remains intact. The ExpressVote also generates a signed data key, ensuring that should unauthorized access of a unit occur, no other units can be affected through data transfer.

Drop Boxes

Our drop boxes are constructed of durable material able to withstand vandalism, removal, and inclement weather. Our drop boxes are all monitored by a video surveillance system. Our drop boxes are secured by a lock. Only members of our staff have access to the keys to the drop boxes. You can find more information regarding our drop boxes by clicking here.