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Voter Registration

Eligibility to vote in Virginia, ways to register


The Virginia Department of Elections explains who is eligible to vote in Virginia and how to register.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must

  • Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

Options for student voters

Where to get a registration application

  • Register Online through the Virginia Department of Elections
  • Local voter registration offices (you can register to vote in person, report a change in your name or address, find your polling place, and more)
    Montgomery County: 755 Roanoke St, Suite 1F, Christiansburg
    Floyd County: Courthouse, 100 E Main St., Rm 302, Floyd
    Giles County: 201 N Main St., Suite 1, Pearisburg
    Pulaski County: 87 Commerce St., Pulaski
    Radford City: 619 2nd St., Radford
    Roanoke County: 5204 Bernard Dr., Suite 300B, Roanoke
    Roanoke City: 215 Church Ave. SW, Suite 109, Roanoke
  • Download a PDF copy of the registration form
  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • State Board of Elections office
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • Voter Registration Drives

Election Protection Hotlines

Download this information on hotlines.
Anyone with a question or concern about registration or voting can contact the hotline. Hotline volunteers answer and respond to a range of questions--from how and where to register, to where a polling location is, to clarifying voter ID requirements and obtaining an ID, to difficulties or electioneering at the polls. Additional information is on the website at

Election Protection hotlines include:
1-866-OUR-VOTE(Administered by the Lawyers' Committee), which will be live starting on September 23rd during business hours 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Eastern, M-F
Evening hours will be added closer to the election as volume increases (early-mid October) as well as weekends (mid-October).
Voters can leave a message that will be returned within 1-2 business days

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Administered by NALEO)
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Hours will expand closer to the election

1-888-API-VOTE (Administered by AAJC & APIA Vote)
Assistance in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali (may add Urdu, Hindi and Tagalog)
Voters can leave a message that will be returned.

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Through its state of the art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), its website, and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, it provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted. The coalition includes more than 100 local, state and national partners, including the League of Women Voters.