General Voting Information

To be eligible to vote in Virginia, a person:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must live in the state 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.
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election.
  • Must not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or judged by a court to be mentally incompetent, unless the right to vote has been restored by the governor or a court order has re-established competence.

How to Register

Individuals can apply for voter registration or update their voter registration data by mail, using an appropriate state form, at the Division of Motor Vehicles, online or in person at a public agency while applying for services.

Registration continues to be available at any voter registrar’s office in Virginia and all Hampton Public Libraries.

Voting Hours

All voting precincts are open on Election Day from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. in the polling place will be allowed to cast a ballot. You can also vote early in person at the registrar's main office:

Voter Registrar main office
101 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669 

Deadline to Register

For a general or primary election, the deadline to register is 21 days before the election. For a special election held at a time other than a general election, the deadline is 13 days before the election. 

After you register, a voter ID card will be mailed with the name and address of your precinct, or a denial letter will be mailed to any applicant determined not to be eligible. Any applicant who does not receive either a voter ID card or denial notice by the registration deadline should contact their registrar. Voter forms.

ID Requirements

To view the latest voter ID requirements, please visit the Virginia Elections website

Absentee Voting

Because of a law effective July 1, 2020, anyone can vote absentee; you no longer need to choose a reason. However, if you are a first-time voter in Hampton, you cannot vote absentee by mail unless you meet certain requirements. See a complete list of requirements for first-time voters in a locality who want to vote absentee.

The absentee ballot application must be received in the registrar’s office seven business days before Election Day to receive a ballot by mail.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received by noon on the third day after Election Day. You can also deliver your ballot in-person to the registrar’s office. (You cannot have someone else deliver your ballot.)

Return in person or mail ballot to: 

Voter Registrar main office
101 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669 

Absentee voting in person or by mail begins 45 days before an election. Apply for an absentee ballot .

Want to track your ballot? You can track your mail-in ballot online.

Early voting (absentee voting in person)

Who can vote early: Anyone can vote absentee or early; you no longer need to choose a reason.

How: You can vote in person at the registrar's main office. You must bring an ID with you, just as you would at your precinct.

When: Begins 45 days before Election Day. The Registrar's Office is open the two Saturdays before Election Day. 

Deadline: The Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early.

Where: You can vote early in person at the registrar's main office:

Voter Registrar main office
101 Kings Way
Hampton, VA 23669