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Key Dates and Deadlines

Friday, Sept. 18: Early, In-Person Voting Begins
Thursday, Oct. 15: Voter Registration Deadline
Friday, Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline
Saturday, Oct. 31: Early, In-Person Voting Ends
Tuesday, Nov. 3 is Election Day: In-Person Voting
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date
Friday, Nov. 6: Absentee/Mail-In Delivered By Date

Register to Vote

Thursday, Oct. 15: Voter Registration Deadline (Extended from Tuesday, Oct. 13)

Register to vote or check your registration status.

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 pm: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date

Tuesday, Nov. 3 by 7 pm: Absentee/Mail-In Drop Off In-Person Date

Friday, Nov. 6: Absentee/Mail-In Delivered By Date (Must be postmarked on or before Election Day)

1. Request an absentee ballot. Print it out, sign it and mail the request form back to your city/county board of elections.

2. Receive your ballot in the mail.

3. Fill your ballot out. You can mail it back or deliver it in person to your local city/county elections board.

Early In-Person Voting

Friday, Sept. 18: Early Voting Begins

Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person. Voters can simply go to their general registrar’s office, show ID and cast a ballot. Early in-person voting ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

In-person Voting

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.)

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification at the polls. Voters arriving at the polls without an acceptable form of ID will be required to either sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. If a voter votes a provisional ballot, they will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have a valid ID?
If you do not have a valid ID, you can cast a provisional ballot by providing your Virginia driver's license, state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.

You may need to cast a provisional ballot if your voter status is in flux. This could be because you recently moved and have not updated your voter information by the Oct. 13 deadline. For more information and scenarios which may require you to cast a provisional ballot, click here.

What are my voting options if I'm a member of the armed forces or overseas?
Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.

🗳️Complete Local Coverage: Election 2020

Schedule of upcoming candidate interviews:
Wednesday, October 21 - Rep. Abigail Spanberger (Facebook Live)
Thursday, October 22 - Richmond mayoral candidate Levar Stoney
Friday, October 23 - Richmond mayoral candidate Alexsis Rodgers

Watch CBS 6 News at 7 p.m. with Bill Fitzgerald on TV, WTVR.com/LIVE or now streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. Just search "WTVR Richmond" in your app store.

Previous candidate interviews:
Friday, October 16 - Richmond mayoral candidate Kim Gray
Monday October 12 - Rep. Abigail Spanberger (Facebook Live will be October 21)
Thursday, October 9 - Richmond mayoral candidate Justin Griffin
Wednesday, October 7 - Richmond mayoral candidate Tracey McLean
Tuesday, October 6 - 7th District Congressional candidate Del. Nick Freitas

To learn more about key local elections, from Congressional seats to mayoral races to school board seats, click here for the CBS 6 voter's guide.