Your 2023 Primary Election Voting Checklist

By Meghin Moore

June 6, 2023

Have you registered to vote?

  • Check and/or update your voter registration status here.
  • Register to vote here, if you haven’t registered yet.
  • Amie Knowles has a video on how easy it is to register online!

Do you know what the prerequisites are to register to vote in Virginia?

  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must be a resident of Virginia.
  • You must be at least 18 years old by the next general election. 17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before the next general election (June 20, 2023) can also register.
  • 17-year-olds who are registered to vote can also vote in primary AND special elections in Virginia!
  • You have had voting rights restored if you were ever convicted of a felony.
  • You have had capacity restored if you were ever declared mentally incapacitated in a Circuit Court.

Are you planning to vote early by mail or in-person absentee voting?

  • To have a ballot mailed to you, you must have your request in to your local voter office by 5 p.m. on June 9. You can request a mail-in ballot here. You can also look up where your local office is here.
  • If you’re casting an early ballot by mail, you will need a witness signature on the ballot you are casting for the midterm election. If your ballot is missing a witness signature, you will be contacted within three days of receipt by your local voter registration office and asked to correct it. To count, the ballot must be corrected by noon on June 23.
  • More information on early voting can be found here.

What if I need accessible voting?

  • Information about accessible voting, and the options to help you vote in Virginia can be found here.

What if I’m serving in the military and overseas?

  • Information about military voting/voting overseas can be found here.

What identification do I need to bring with me if I vote in person?

If you’re voting either on Election Day or through early voting at your local Registrar’s Office or a satellite voting location, you need to bring ID with you.

You will be asked to show one form of identification. If you do not have acceptable ID on you, you will have to sign a statement that is subject to felony penalties, that you are the named registered voter who they claim to be. If you do not present acceptable ID or sign the statement, you must cast a provisional ballot.

To vote, you must present one of the following:

  • Virginia driver’s license that is current or expired
  • A Virginia DMV-issued ID card that is current or expired
  • A valid employee ID card that has a photo on it that was issued by an employer for business
  • A US military ID
  • A valid student ID card that was issued by a public or private higher education institution in Virginia
  • A valid student ID card that has a photo on it, issued by a public or private higher education institution in the United States
  • A valid student ID card that was issued by a public or private high school in Virginia
  • A valid US passport or passport card
  • A government-issued ID card from a local, federal, or Virginia subdivision
  • A voter ID card that has been issued by the Department of Elections
  • Voter confirmation documents
  • A valid tribal enrollment or tribal ID card if and only if it has been issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the commonwealth
  • A nursing home resident ID if it was issued by a government facility
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or a paycheck with the name and address of the voter on it, if it is no older than 12 months.
  • Any current government document that has the name and address of the voter
  • A signed ID Confirmation Statement

The following forms of identification will not be accepted:

  • An out-of-state driver’s license
  • A membership card from a private organization with a photo on it
  • A credit card that has a photo on it
  • Virginia Driver’s Privilege card
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