Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin
Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, gestures as Republican challenger, Glenn Youngkin, listens during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Take advantage of voting early! You don’t need an excuse; just check the hours and location at your local registrar’s office.

As of Friday, Sept. 17, you can vote early in person in Virginia ahead of the Nov. 2 election. There is a race for the governor’s mansion, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates, in addition to many local elections.

Below we explain everything you need to know about early voting in the state:

Q: When is the first day of early voting?

A: The first day of in-person early voting is Friday, Sept. 17. 

Q: Where do I go to vote early?

A: Registered voters can vote in person at their local voter registrar’s office. Click here to find yours.

Q: When can I vote early?

A: Starting Sept. 17, you can vote weekdays in most locations. Note that locations additionally open Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30. The last day of in-person early voting is Saturday, Oct. 30, and polls will close at 5 p.m.

Q: How do I register to vote?

A: New voters can register online if they can provide a valid Virginia DMV driver’s license (or state-issued ID) and birthdate. The deadline to register to vote in this November’s election is Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Q: Which offices are up for election in Virginia? Who is running?

A: There are three statewide elections: governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Districts will elect House of Delegate members, and most localities will vote for city- and county-wide offices, as well. To find out who is running for office in your area, check out this spreadsheet, organized by city and county, or search for your locality’s sample ballot

Q: I just moved, but I’m already registered to vote. How do I update my voter registration?

A: Whether you’ve moved within the Commonwealth or from another state, update your voter registration or apply for an absentee ballot on the Virginia election website. The deadline to update your voter registration is Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Q: I don’t want to vote at the registrar, but I want to vote early. What should I do?

A: You have two options. Make an online absentee ballot request, and return it to your local registrar’s offices via mail or in-person drop off. Alternatively, you can request an absentee ballot in person and return it via mail or in person. Either way, the deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Friday, Oct. 22. Any in-person requests must be made at the local voter registration office by 5 p.m.

Have more questions? Virginia’s Citizen Portal provides a centralized location for current and prospective voters.