Virginia voting issues

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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.

Registration and Voting Information for College Students

  • 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.

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:

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Digital scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Virginia State Board of Elections

Contact information:

  • Suite 101, 200 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-3485
  • Telephone: 804 864-8901 Toll Free: 800 552-9745 FAX: 804 371-0194

Other information:

Election threats

  • On voter registration, (needs information)
  • On voter education, (needs information)
  • On absentee and early voting, ... (needs information)
  • On voter suppression and intimidation, flyers are circulating advising that Republicans vote Nov. 4 and Democrats Nov. 5 to ease crowding at the polls.
  • On polling places and voting, on Oct 27 the NAACP sued VA officials claiming inadequate plans to cope with turnout, particularly in minority districts; an Oct. 17 Washington Post article warned of inadequate preparation for the expected turnout on election day.
  • On provisional ballots,... (needs information)
  • On vote verification and security,... (needs information)
Main article: Virginia election threats

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:

Local Leagues:

Verifiable Voting Coalition of Virginia


Articles and resources

See also


External resources

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Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

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