November 3, 2020, General Election
Register to Vote
- The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020, for the November 3, 2020, General Election
- Register online at the Virginia Department of Elections' Citizen Portal
- Register to vote or update your registration
- Apply to vote absentee by mail
- Find your polling place
- If you are 17 but will turn 18 by November 3, 2020, you can still register to vote.
- If you have lost your right to vote you must apply for restoration of rights first, before you can register.
After you have submitted your registration form, if you do not receive an information card or other correspondence in the mail confirming your registration status, check online at the Citizen Portal or contact the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, (757) 514-7750.
Restoration of Rights
- Any person convicted of a felony loses their right to vote in Virginia, but that right can be restored by the Governor of Virginia.
- If a person is no longer incarcerated and no longer under probation or parole, they can apply for restoration of rights through the Secretary of the Commonwealth. For more information contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Restoration Department at (804) 692-0104.
- You must have your rights restored before you register to vote.
- Under ordinary circumstances restoration of rights can take 30-45 days. Due to COVID-19, the process may take longer than normal.
Can't make it election day?
In-person absentee voting
- Vote early in person at the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, 440 Market Street, behind City Hall.
- Early voting opens September 18 and closes October 31.
- Poll hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, plus the last two Saturdays before the election, October 24 and 31.
- You do not have to have a reason or make an appointment to vote early in person. You must be registered to vote, and be able to provide your name, address, and show an acceptable form of ID to receive a ballot.
- Social distancing procedures will be in place.
Voting by mail
- Absentee voting by mail begins Friday, September 18, 2020
- To request a mail-in ballot visit the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
- US Postal Service standard of delivery for first-class mail is 2-9 days. There is not a postmark deadline, instead ballots must be received at the voting precinct by 12:00 pm Friday, November 6, 2020, or they will not be counted. Request your mail-in ballot as early as possible. The deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you is October 23.
Dropping off a mail-in ballot
- You can drop off a mail-in ballot in person at the Suffolk Voter Registration Office.
- This option is available at the same times as in-person absentee voting (see above)
- You can only drop off your own ballot. You must still provide your name, address, and show an acceptable form of ID.
Read the Suffolk Voter Registration Office's Myths About Absentee Voting.
Casting a Ballot
- Find your polling place at the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.
- Polling places are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 pm will be allowed to vote.
- Click here for information for military and overseas voters.
Virginia law requires voters show an acceptable form of ID to vote.
- Virginia driver's license
- DMV issued ID
- US Passport
- Government-issued ID card
- Student ID
- Veterans ID
- Tribal enrollment ID (if one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia)
- Virginia voter ID card
- Utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with name and address of the voter
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