Voter registration in Virginia is available by mail, at the offices of the Voter Registrar, at the office of the Division of Motor Vehicles and at Public Services Agencies.
Electoral Board Members
- Robert G. Insley, Sr., Chairman
- Michael B. Stewart, Vice-Chairman
- William J. Hammett, Secretary
- General Election: First Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year.
- Primaries: When one or both political parties choose this method.
Voter Registration Deadline
The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote. In order to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 you MUST register no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016. If you are currently registered and have moved, you must update your registration record by the registration deadline.
Absentee Voting Deadlines
Final day to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and in person Saturday, November 5, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. Registrants who will not be in the City on Election Day due to education, illness, business or vacation may apply for an absentee ballot in person, online or by requesting an absentee ballot application in writing or by phone. In person absentee voting will be available during our regular office hours and on Saturday, October 30, 2016, and Saturday, November 5, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Required Photo ID
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (Photo ID) at the polls. For more information about this new law, please visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.
We will be voting on the following offices int he November 8, 2016 General Election:
• United States President
• House of Representative, 2nd District
• Mayor, At Large
• City Council Member, Central Precinct
• City Council Member, Eastern Precinct
• City Council Member, Western Precinct
• 2 Constitutional Amendments
- Congressional District: Second (02)
- Senate District: Third (03)
- House of Delegates District: Ninety-first (091)
Who can register to vote in Virginia?
1. Must be a citizen of the United States.
2. Must live in the state of Virginia.
3. Must be 18 years old by the date of the next general election.
4. Must not have been convicted of a felony or judged by a court to be mentally incompetent, unless the right to vote has been restored by the Governor or a court order has re-established competence.
5. Must not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
How to register?
Individuals can apply for voter registration or update their voter registration data at any Registrar’s Office in Virginia, Department of Motor Vehicles, Public Libraries or by mail.
CITIZENS WHO REGISTER BY MAIL AND ARE FIRST TIME VOTERS IN VIRGINIA MAY BE REQUIRED TO VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY OR IN PERSON ABSENTEE AND PHOTO SHOW IDENTIFICATION.
How can I register if I cannot leave home because I’m physically disabled or have a continuing illness?
Call, Email, Fax or write your voter registrar. The registrar will send you an application to complete and return by mail.
How will I know where to vote?
After you have registered to vote, a voter I.D. card will be mailed with the name and address of your voting precinct.
Can I vote Absentee?
To be eligible to vote absentee in Virginia a person must be unable to go to the polls because you:
• are a student or the spouse of a student attending a school outside Poquoson
• will be working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• will be away on personal business or vacation
• are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability
• are the primary caretaker of a confined family member
• have a religious obligation
• are confined awaiting trial
• are confined having been convicted of a misdemeanor
• are an election official
• are on active duty in the military outside Poquoson
• are the spouse or dependent residing with a member of the military outside Poquoson
• are an overseas citizen whose most recent United States residence was in Poquoson
What are the deadlines for absentee voting?
Absentee voting in person begins approximately 46 days before an Election. Absentee voting ends at 5:00 P.M. on the Saturday before an election.
For more information, please visit the State Board of Elections.