- CLPA Staff
Virginia Election Day 2021: What you need to know to vote
Today is the big day in Virginia! It is election day 2021! On the ballot, today will not just be the increasingly high-profile Virginia Governor and Lt.Governor race but House of Delegate seats, local school boards, and town /city council seats. Before you head out to vote today, please be sure to review what you need to need to bring to vote as well as the candidates running. The polls are open NOW and close at 7:00 pm.
Below is a list of the candidates and referenda on the Virginia Ballot this year
2021 November Local Referenda (CLPA will highlight each referendum in a separate post)
Here is what Virginia voters need to know to vote today (via the Virginia Department of Elections)
Virginia law requires all voters to provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement 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 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 ID requirements also apply to early voters who vote at the General Registrar's Office or a satellite voting location. Please see the Absentee and Early Voting page for additional instructions and requirements when voting early.
Acceptable forms of identification for voting at the polling place or voting early:
A voter who does not bring an acceptable ID to the polls or does not sign an ID Confirmation Statement will be offered a provisional ballot.
Don’t have one of these forms of ID? Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above-mentioned forms of ID may sign an ID Confirmation Statement.
PROVISIONAL BALLOT PROCESS FOR VOTERS WHO ARRIVE WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION
A voter who arrives at the polling place without an acceptable form of identification or refuses to sign an ID Confirmation Statement will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of their identification or sign and submit an ID Confirmation Statement so that their vote can be counted.
A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the identification or sign and submit an ID Confirmation Statement to the local electoral board. Voters may submit a copy of their ID of ID Confirmation Statement via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. Please note that the copy of the ID or signed ID Confirmation Statement must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on the Friday following the election, or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. A Friday postmark will not be sufficient if either of these is not delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday.
The written notice given to the voter will provide the necessary information, including email, fax, and address where the ID or ID Confirmation Statement should be delivered.