Voter Information

Voter Information

The Republican Party of Virginia Beach has compiled this data in an effort to help all voters know and understand their rights, responsibilities and duties when exercising their right to vote.

All of the information listed on this web page was posted on September 23rd, 2014 and while being current at that time, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach advises voters to use this information as a guide to help determine their eligibility to vote, become registered voters, update their voter information and to locate their polling station.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your voter registration, voter status or polling station, we urge you to contact your local voter registrar's office.

Registered to Vote

Register to Vote

votinglineIn order to become a registered voter in the City of Virginia Beach, you can;

Virginia Voter Registration Form

Voter Registration Application

Registration Requirements

Registration Requirements

votinglineTo register to vote in Virginia, you must;

  • Be a resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored
Registration Deadlines

Registration Deadlines

calendarUnder Virginia law, the current registration deadlines to cast your vote in an upcoming election as as follows;

  1. General Election - 22 Days before election
  2. Primary Election - 22 Days before election
  3. Special Election - 13 Days before election
  4. Special Election - (Called by the Governor) 7 Days before election
Voter I.D. Requirements

Voter I.D. Requirements

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without photo ID will be required to vote using a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see below in “Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Identification” for more information on how the provisional ballot process will work for those arriving to the polls without ID.

Virginia’s photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person in all elections.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • IDCardValid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
  • A Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office

A voter who does not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot.

What if I Don't Have an Acceptable I.D. to Vote?

Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above mentioned forms of photo ID, may apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth. Voters applying for the Virginia Voter Photo ID Card will have to complete the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, have their picture taken, and sign the digital signature pad. Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter.

Check Your Registration Status

Checking Your Voter Registration Status

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides an online service that allows voters to check their voting status quickly and easily through the V.E.R.I.S. (Voter Election and Registration Information System)

Please use the V.E.R.I.S. system to check your voter registration status before every election cycle.

Check My Voting Status Online
Where do I Vote?
The Commonwealth of Virginia provides an online service that allows voters to verify their polling locations quickly and easily through the V.E.R.I.S. (Voter Election and Registration Information System)

Please use V.E.R.I.S. to help determine your current polling station and its location.

Check Your Polling Location Online

 

Virginia Beach Poll Locations

City of Virginia Beach Basic Precinct Listing

Absentee Voting

Applying* to Vote Absentee:

 

*Military and overseas voters can find specific information on the State Board of Elections Military and Overseas page.

All absentee application forms can be found on the Virginia State Board of Elections Voter Forms page.

You can check to see if your absentee application was received, your ballot sent or received by going to the Online Voter Registration.

In-Person

Before visiting your local registrar’s office, check your registration status or call your registrar’s office (phone numbers available on Virginia voter registration application). If you are not
already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only). If you have a Virginia DMV license or ID card, you can register online.

Within 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, visit your local registrar’s office to vote absentee in-person.

At the registrar’s office, fill out an Absentee Application. You must show an acceptable form of photo ID. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit the Virginia State Board of Elections Voting In-Person page.

After completing the application, you will be allowed to vote absentee in-person using a voting machine in the registrar’s office. Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

By Mail

  • Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Application form.
  • Return the completed form to your local registrar’s office.
  • After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail.
  • Carefully review the instructions to complete and return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Please note that a family caregiver voting for the first time in your locality is required to vote in person; this first-time vote in person requirement does not apply to persons with disabilities.

Completing an Absentee Ballot Application:

 

In Person

An application completed in person can be made up to three days before the election in which the applicant wishes to vote and completed in the office of the local registrar. The applicant signs the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary
of the electoral board. Some large localities offer satellite locations for in-person absentee voting. Check with your local registrar for locations and times.

An applicant generally cannot both register to vote in person and vote absentee in person at the same time. If you register to vote in person, your absentee ballot cannot be issued until five days after you are registered. The only exception is absent
military and overseas voters eligible under a federal law.

Registered voters who vote absentee in person are subject to the same rules that apply to voting at the polls. If acceptable identification is not provided, a provisional ballot will be offered and the voter is allowed until Friday noon after the election
to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.

By mail

Applications can be sent by mail to the office of the local registrar. The signed and completed application must be received by the local registrar located in the city or county that you are registered to vote by 5:00 PM eastern standard time on the Tuesday
prior to the election in which the applicant wishes to vote.

Some first-time voters, including one under age 65 caring for a family member confined by illness, cannot vote absentee by mail. Check with your registrar to confirm absentee by mail eligibility. If your absentee ballot never arrives or there is not enough time to make another request, you can vote curbside on or before election day if you have a physical disability or are over age 65. You may experience delays.

Emergency Absentee Voting:

 

There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting with different procedures for each:

  1. Incapacity with Designated Representative (Va. Code § 24.2-705)

    Eligibility

    • Voter became ill or incapacitated on or after the 7th day preceding the election
    • Voter became hospitalized on or after the 14th day preceding the election, but still in hospital and condition has made unable to request an absentee ballot earlier than the 7th day before an election
    • Bereaved by a “family member” as defined by 24.2-705.1(2)
    • Other comparably incapacitating emergency found by the Electoral Board to justify providing an emergency ballot application.

    Voter Requirements

    • Designated representative may request through the day before the election
    • Completed application must be delivered back to the local registrar’s office by 5 p.m. the day before the election
    • Voted ballot must be returned before polls close on election day (exception allows designated representative to return the voted ballot)
  2. Voter Plans Change After Noon Saturday (Va. Code § 24.2-705.1)

    Eligibility

    • Late assignment of an Election Officer
    • Required emergency travel for business, hospitalization or death in immediate family

    Voter Requirements

    • Apply and vote in person by 2 p.m. on the day preceding the election

Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Absentee By Mail Voters

 

For persons who registered to vote in Virginia by mail, federal law requires them to show identification (ID) when voting for the first time in a federal election if they did not send a copy of one of these IDs with their voter registration applications. Recent legislation has eliminated the differences in acceptable identification for in-person voting. Therefore, the special federal ID requirements only apply to certain absentee voters by mail who will be notified by a notice explaining the requirements sent with their absentee ballot. Voters who receive a notice about this special requirements need to include a copy of any of the following types of ID with the voted ballot:

  1. A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
  2. or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
  3. or another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card).
    If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.

If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.

Virginia Absentee Voting Application

VA Absentee Ballot Form

Voter Rights

Voter Rights

votinglineAs a voter, you have the right;

  • To be treated with courtesy and respect by the election officials.
  • To be notified if your voter registration has been accepted or denied.
  • To vote if you have registered at your current address at least 22 days before Election Day.
  • To seek help from the election officials if you are unsure about anything relating to the voting process.
  • To be given a demonstration of how the voting equipment works.
  • To have your paper or optical scan ballot voided before it is cast and be given a new one if you want to change your vote.
  • To change your touch screen ballot before it is cast.
  • To enter the full name of a write-in candidate if the candidate of your choice is not on the ballot (except in party primaries).
  • To have a ballot brought to your vehicle instead of entering the polling place if you are 65 years of age or older, or if you are physically disabled.
  • To have an officer of election or other person help you vote if you are physically disabled or unable to read or write (or need the ballot translated into another language). Blind voters may have any person assist them. Other voters may have anyone who is not their employer or union representative assist them.
    Note: The officer of election or other person who assists you must follow your instructions, without trying to influence your vote, and shall not tell or signal how you voted on any office or question.
  • To vote a Provisional Ballot if you have no identification with you at the polling place, and to present identification by noon on the third day following the election to have the ballot counted.
  • To vote a Provisional Ballot if your status as a qualified voter is in question, and to be present when the Electoral Board meets to determine if your ballot will be counted. See "Provisional Ballots" below.
  • To bring your minor child (age 15 or younger) into the voting booth.
  • To vote if you are in line by 7:00 p.m. when the polls close.
  • To cast an absentee ballot if you are qualified to vote absentee.
  • You cannot be denied the right to vote if you are legally qualified to do so.
  • Government officials must not apply standards or practices which deny or abridge the right to vote on account of race, and must not deny any individual the right to vote on account of errors or omissions in registration applications which are not material to determining whether such individual is qualified to vote. Officials must not apply different standards and procedures to voters in the same circumstances in determining whether they are qualified to vote.
Voter Responsibilities

Voter Responsibilities

votinglineAs a voter, it is your responsibility to;

  • To treat the election officials with courtesy and respect.
  • To keep your voter registration information up-to-date with your current address. (If not, you may be eligible to vote at your prior precinct for a limited time under a legal exception. You must tell the election officials when and where you moved. Contact your voter registration office or the State Board of Elections if you have questions about your eligibility to vote.)
  • To show your identification (ID) at the polls. If you do not have an ID with you at the polling place, you must cast a Provisional Ballot. See "Provisional Ballots" below.
  • If party nominating primaries are being held, to tell the officials which primary you want to vote in. You may vote in either primary, but not both primaries held on the same day.
  • To request assistance if you do not know how to use the voting equipment or have other questions about the voting process, or need assistance preparing your ballot because of a physical disability or inability to read or write.
  • To follow the instructions on how to mark your ballot.
  • To understand that once your ballot is cast, you cannot be given another ballot.
  • To ask the election official to call the General Registrar's office before you leave the polling place if you have problems regarding your eligibility to vote or the casting of your ballot.
Provisional Ballots

Provisional Ballots

votingline A Provisional Ballot is a paper or optical scan ballot which is cast separately and sealed in a green envelope. An officer of election will assist the voter in completing the information on both sides of the envelope. The voter must provide the information requested and sign the Statement of Voter.

Provisional Ballots are not counted on Election Day.

Your local Electoral Board will meet the day after the election to begin its determination of provisional votes. Voters who did not present ID have until noon on Friday after the election to present ID. The votes of qualified voters will then be counted and included in the results for your locality. Provisional voters are allowed to be present when the Electoral Board meets to determine if their vote was valid or their ID was submitted, and can ask for a one day extension to gather evidence. The election officials will tell each provisional voter when and where the Electoral Board will meet, and provide a phone number to call to find out if their Provisional Ballot was counted.

Voters casting a Provisional Ballot due to lack of ID will also be provided with information necessary to submit a copy of the required documents. Provisional Ballots are used: When the voter's name is not on the pollbook, the voter believes he is registered in that precinct, and the registrar's office cannot be contacted to verify that the voter is registered. Note: If a voter chooses to vote a Provisional Ballot because they are at the wrong polling place and are unable or unwilling to go to the correct polling place, their vote will not be counted.

When a voter at the polling place fails to present one of the forms of identification required in Virginia. When a voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and did not mail in a copy of their ID at that time, fails to show one of the federally required forms of ID when voting for the first time in a federal election. When a voter who was sent an absentee ballot has not received or has lost the ballot, or had previously returned the ballot spoiled or damaged and appears at his regular polling place on Election Day. When the normal voting hours are extended by court order. When the pollbook indicates that the voter has already cast a ballot in the current election.

Voter Complaints

Voter Complaints

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If you believe that your rights have been violated or have a complaint about your registration or voting experience, there are two avenues open to you to make the State Board of Elections aware of the matter.

The online complaint form will notify the SBE and the General Registrar of the locality where the incident occurred of what has happened. It is most useful in reporting an incident whose resolution is time critical. You can fill out the Voter Complaint Form online with the Virginia State Board of Elections.

There is also a formal grievance process which is available to voters who believe that their rights have been violated at the polls on Election Day.

First, review the Virginia Voters Rights and Responsibilities. Make sure you meet the requirements that allow you to vote. If you do not understand the requirements, ask an election official to explain them to you.

If you feel you met all the requirements but were still not allowed to vote, ask an election official to contact the Voter Registrar”s office about your case before you leave the polling place. The Voter Registrar will investigate your case and may be able to resolve the problem immediately.

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, call the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 as soon as possible, preferably before the polls close. The sooner the State Board knows about your problem, the more likely you will get a satisfactory answer on Election Day.

If you still believe your voting rights may have been violated or may be violated in the near future, you may file a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections using the Virginia’s Voter Complaint form.

Fill out the Complaint Form (EnglishSpanish).

Provide as much information as possible so we can fully understand the nature of the problem.
You have 10 days from the date of the incident to file a complaint.

Have the Complaint Form notarized.

Mail the signed and notarized form to:

    Deputy Secretary
    Virginia State Board of Elections
    Washington Building, First Floor, 1100 Bank Street,
    Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia Voter Complaint Form

Voting and Voter Information Resources

Helpful Links & Resources

City of Virginia Beach Voter Registrar's Office
Virginia Department of Elections
Virginia Online Voter Registration Portal
Virginia V.E.R.I.S. website
Federal Voter Assistance Program
Virginia Public Access Project

Virginia's Easy Voting Guide

Easy Voter Guide


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