Virginia voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
- Polling Place Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voter ID requirements:
Virginia voters must provide identification at the polling place in order to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include the following:
- Virginia voter identification card
- Valid Virginia driver’s license
- Military ID
- Any Federal, state or local government issued ID
- Employer issued photo ID card
- Social Security card
Voters without valid identification are still permitted to vote but will be required to sign, under oath, an
Affirmation of Identity form affirming their identity.
Voters casting ballots for the first time in a federal election are required to present: (i) a current and valid photo identification; or (ii) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the name and address of the voter. If the voter does not present one of these forms of identification at the polling place, that person can vote by casting a provisional ballet. A provisional ballot is a paper ballot counted the day after the election once the local electoral board has
verified that the person was qualified to vote in that precinct.
- What is my residence?
A prospective voter must be a resident of the precinct where he seeks to register. In order to establish "residency," a prospective voter must have a physical location where they intend to stay for an unlimited time.
The applicant must determine and declare their residence and may change their intent at any time. To assist applicants in determining their legal residence, the State Board of Elections has developed a self-guided questionnaire. The questionnaire contains questions intended to assist applicants as they determine where their legal residence is. The questionnaire is not required in order to register to vote. The applicant may wish to retain a copy of the questionnaire for their files.
For more information, go here.
- Virginia voter registration guide from Election Protection -- but the deadline to register for the November, 2008 election was October 6, 2008.
Voting Machines used November, 2008 in Virginia
VIRGINIA uses the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Election Systems & Software's iVotronic
- Hart Intercivic eSlate 3000
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote TSx
- Sequoia AVC Advantage
- Sequoia AVC Edge
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
- ES&S Model 100
- ES&S Model 650
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote OS
- Sequouia Optech 2
- Sequoia Optech III-P Eagle
- Sequoia Voting Systems Optech Insight
- Unilect Patriot Marksense Scanner
Digital scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
- This is the voting systems list from the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Virginia State Board of Elections
- Suite 101, 200 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-3485
- Telephone: 804 864-8901 Toll Free: 800 552-9745 FAX: 804 371-0194
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Virginia, Olga A. Hernandez, President
- 6415 Emerald Green Court
- Centreville, VA, 20121-3824
- Phone: 703-831-8595
- Fax: 703-831-8595
- E-mail: info@LWV-VA.org
- Charlottesville/Albemarle County
- Fairfax Area
- Falls Church
- Loudoun County
- Montgomery County
- Richmond Metro Area
- South Hampton Roads
- Williamsburg Area
Verifiable Voting Coalition of Virginia
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Virginia that helps locate Virginia's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Virginia Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Virginia. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Virginia page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Virginia.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Virginia page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Virginia. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Virginia general information page, which provides information on Virginia election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- Student Voting Project Virginia a Brennan Center for Justice explanation of student voting rights in Virginia.
Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell