How to Vote in Virginia's 2022 Elections

Posted on 09/09/22 by Andrew Soergel, Elissa Chudwin

En español | Virginia’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The state’s primary was June 21.

  • Absentee voting: All registered voters can vote absentee by-mail in November’s general election. But you’ll need to apply to do so — and you’ll need a witness signature on your absentee ballot. 
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


Virginia will offer same-day registration for the Nov. 8 general election under a 2020 law. Also, a new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of the state’s U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. 

  • U.S. House: All 11 seats 
  • Virginia held its statewide election in 2021, though several local offices are on the ballot. 

For more information about candidates and races, visit
the Virginia Department of Elections website.

The deadline to register or update your voter information is Oct. 17; registration forms also must be postmarked by that date.

Although regular registration ends Oct. 17, you can sign up at an early voting site through Nov. 5, at your registrar’s office through Nov. 7, or at your polling place on Nov. 8. You will need to show a valid form of ID, such as a Virginia driver’s license, U.S. military ID or U.S. passport. Same-day registration only is offered in person – not online or by mail. 

Check your registration status using the elections department's citizen portal.

Any registered voter can apply for an absentee by-mail ballot and vote from home. Application forms must be received by Oct. 28.

Request a ballot online, by mail or in person:

You may apply for an emergency absentee ballot if hospitalization, illness or the death of a parent, child or spouse caused you to miss the absentee application deadline or keeps you from voting at the polls. Go to the elections department's website for more information.

Make sure your completed ballot includes a witness signature. Return it by mail or in person: 

  • Mail your pre-addressed ballot to your local board of elections. Prepaid postage is provided. Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 14 at noon. 
  • Hand-deliver your ballot to your local registrar’s office or any polling place within your county or city before 7 p.m. Other ballot drop-off locations may be available in your county or city. Check with your local registrar for details.

Track your ballot by entering your information into Ballot Scout or, if you live in Fairfax County, BallotTrax

Vote early at your local registrar's office or at a nearby satellite polling location from Sept. 23 through Nov. 5 until 5 p.m. Contact your local registrar’s office for hours and locations. 

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can cast a ballot after 7 p.m. if you were in line before the polls closed. Use the Virginia Department of Elections website to find your polling place. 

Yes, you’ll either need an acceptable form of identification — like a Virginia driver’s license or work, military or student ID — or you’ll need to sign an ID confirmation statement. If you don’t sign the statement, you’ll receive a provisional ballot and will have until Nov. 14 to fax, email, mail or deliver an acceptable form of ID to election officials for your vote to count. 

 
Editor’s note: This guide, first published on July 15, 2020, was updated on Sept. 9, 2022, with information about the general election.

  • Follow AARP's political coverage at aarp.org/elections   
  • Keep up with local events and AARP advocacy efforts at aarp.org/va 
  • Text VAVOTES to 22777 to receive a one-time text message with a link to Virginia voter information. Message and data rates may apply. Terms apply: https://aarp.info/tcady

This story is provided by AARP Virginia. Visit the AARP Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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