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

Voters

Register To Vote

The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be a registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote. You do not register by party in Virginia.

In order to register to vote you must:

Be a United States citizen and a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Be at least 18 years old, or be 17 years old with an impending 18th birthday that will occur on or before a November general election.
Have had your voting rights restored if you have ever been convicted of a felony.
Have had your capacity restored if you have been declared mentally incapacitated in a Circuit Court.

You must complete and submit a Voter Registration application online, in person at the Office of Elections, or by mail. Click here to print a paper application in English. Click here to print a paper application in Spanish.

Register to Vote With a Virginia State Agency

Citizens may also register to vote at the following Virginia state agency entities:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Departments of Health
Game and Inland Fisheries
Mental Health
Military recruitment offices
Rehabilitative Services
Rights of Virginians with Disabilities Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Social Services Department
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Visually Handicapped

The deadline to register to vote in-person and by mail is 5:00 PM on October 17th, 2022. You can register online on October 17th, 2022 until 11:59 PM.

Update Your Voter Registration

Did you move or have you changed your name?

You may update your information (name, address) online, in person at the Office of Elections, or by mail by completing a new voter registration application.

Cancel Your Voter Registration

You may cancel your voter registration by printing this form and submitting it to the Richmond City Office of Elections, either by mail, email, fax, or in person.

Voter Drive Information

You or your organization may conduct a voter registration drive at public locations within the community. Our office will be happy to advise you in planning a successful drive and answering any questions you might have. All individuals or organizations requesting twenty-five (25) or more voter registration applications must register and complete certified training provided by the Department of Elections.

Restoration of Rights

Anyone convicted of a felony in Virginia automatically loses their civil rights – the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, become a public notary, and carry a firearm. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the sole discretion to restore civil rights, not including firearm rights. Individuals seeking restoration of their civil rights are encouraged to contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office.

To be eligible for restoration of civil rights, an individual must be free from any term of incarceration resulting from felony convictions. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office works with the Department of Corrections to identify individuals who have been released and may be eligible to have their rights restored.

If you have questions, or if you would like to check to see if your civil rights have been restored, please contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth at the following website (www.restore.virginia.gov), or you can call the office at (804) 692-0104.

Vote By Mail

Voters can request an absentee ballot online, in person at the Office of Elections, by fax (804-646-7848), or by email (Absentee@rva.gov).

Prefer the ease and comfort of voting from home? Virginia law allows voters the option to join a Permanent Vote By Mail Roster and have their ballots sent directly to their preferred address ahead of every election.

Click here to apply to Vote By Mail and join the Permanent Roster. Make sure you complete section 3 of the application. You can access the paper absentee application here.

• If you checked the "Yes" box in Section 2, you are indicating that you wish to receive your ballot in the mail for every election in the future.
• Ballots for all future elections will be sent to the address in your voter registration record. If you need your ballot sent to a different address or want to change the political party you've chosen for Primary Elections, please use form SBE-703.1C.
• If you move to a new county or city, complete a new form and submit it to your new general registrar to continue receiving ballots.
• If you want to receive a primary ballot, you must indicate a political party preference in Section 2. If you do not want a ballot for primary elections, please mark the last box or leave the answer to this question blank.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the November 8th General Election is Friday October 28th. The first batch of absentee ballots will be mailed on September 16th. Afterwards, ballots are mailed the next business day after the absentee ballot applications are received.

All absentee ballots, those sent by mail and those cast in-person, are counted on Election Day in Virginia. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or dropped off at the Office of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

IMPORTANT – Please mark your ballot using a black or blue pen.

What if I received an absentee ballot by mail but I want to vote in person?

1. Return your un-voted ballot by mail.
• Leave or reseal your un-voted ballot in Envelope A and mail using the pre‐addressed return envelope.
• You will receive a new ballot when you go to vote in person.
2. Take your un-voted ballot with you when you go to vote early in person or on Election Day.

Important! If you lost your absentee ballot, you can still vote in person. Notify the election official when you come in person to vote. If you choose to vote in person and do not return your un-voted ballot, you will be offered a provisional ballot which will be reviewed for counting after Election Day.

Drop Boxes

Ballot Drop Boxes were introduced in 2020 as an initiative to provide voters with a secure alternative option to return their ballot.
Ballot Drop Boxes provide voters with a safe, accessible, contact free method to return their voted ballot.

What You Need to Know

Drop Boxes are available to voters starting on the first day of Early Voting (Friday September 23rd).
Drop Boxes are available until 5 PM on the Monday before the election.
Following the last day to return absentee ballots via a drop box, ballots can be returned in person at the Office of Elections on Election Day, and on Election Day before 7 PM at any polling location in the city.

Drop boxes, which are monitored by video surveillance, are available to the public during normal business hours.

Ballots are collected daily from drop boxes by staff of the General Registrar.

Before you return your ballot:

Make sure you seal it inside Envelope B.
Fill in all spaces on the Statement of Voter on Envelope B. You and your witness must sign.
If you make a mistake marking your ballot, or if you lose or damage your ballot, please contact our office at (804) 646-5950 or at Absentee@rva.gov.

Drop Boxes are located at:

The Office of Elections
2134 W. Laburnum Avenue

Southside Community Services Center
4100 Hull Street Road

City Hall
900 East Broad Street

To track your ballot as it makes its way through the mail stream click here.

Early Voting

Early Voting in Virginia must take place over a period of 45 days as required by law. For the November 8th General Election Early Voting will occur starting on Friday September 23rd. It will conclude on Saturday November 5th. The hours of Early Voting will be Monday through 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. In addition, Early Voting will be available on Sunday October 30th from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Early Voting will be available at the following locations:

Office of Elections
2134 W. Laburnum Avenue

City Hall
900 East Broad Street

Hickory Hill Community Center
3000 East Belt Boulevard

Special needs and language assistance

The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act requires that voting locations are set up so that people with disabilities can enter, vote, and exit with relative ease during each election.

• All polling places are handicap accessible.
• All polling places are equipped with at least one ADA touchscreen voting machine.
• Voters may choose an individual to assist them with voting.
• Vote-by-mail voting is available to all voters upon request.

Every voting location in the City Of Richmond meets the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. Each one is equipped with a paper-based voting system that uses touchscreen and/audio technology, which could help voters who have issues with their eyesight, trouble reading, or disabilities.

In addition:

• All ballots are available in two languages: English and Spanish,

If you are print disabled (blind, have low vision or impaired manual dexterity) and you would like to vote using an electronic ballot marking tool, please contact us. NOTE: To use the electronic marking option, you must have access to a computer, you must have the ability to print your ballot, and you must return it by one of the methods listed above. Our office will send you the envelopes necessary to return your ballot.

Military and Overseas Voters

Active duty uniformed-service (and qualifying spouse and dependents) and overseas citizens are legally allowed to receive their absentee ballots by mail or by email. You can find more information by clicking here.