Making Democracy Work

Election Information

Where to find information on issues and candidates and your registration status

Department of Elections

For the most current information on elections and voting laws, use the Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) website:

The state laws concerning registration, voting, and candidate criteria are subject to change by the Virginia General Assembly. As things change, you will find new information at the ELECT website. Here are some of the services offered by the Department of Elections:

Check your voter registration status
Find & verify your polling place
Voting absentee
Voter ID requirements
What is on your ballot
Common questions about voting
Election results
Contact your local voter registration office

Use to get information about candidates in all local and state elections, including candidates' direct responses to issue-related questions.

To use the website log onto

It will ask your location. Type in your address and click on the "Search" button. A map pointing out your location will appear.

Confirm your location. A screen will list the districts in which you vote---Congressional and state including both the House of Delegates and Senate in Virginia.

Select your preferred language (English or Spanish).

It will take you to side-by-side listings of elections. You can read the answers from the candidates side-by-side.

Candidates who have not responded are listed with the note that they have not responded.

Resources for Voters Who Want Information

All of these organizations are nonpartisan and nonprofit.

Virginia Public Access Project--VPAP. VPAP explores the role of money in Virginia politics. The site identifies donors, PACs, and more.

Federal Campaign Contributions--Open Secrets. The Center for Responsive Politics tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

FactCheck. This "consumer advocate" group monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. A political literacy companion site to that helps voters recognize deception and flaws in arguments on various issues of policy, such as climate change, the Affordable Care Act, and immigration.