Here’s how to avoid lines at the polls or issues with your voter registration status
Check your registration status.
It’s easy – go online to check your status.
- Can you still vote if you forgot to change your registration when you moved? In most cases, if you moved within Virginia during the last year, you can return to your former polling place to vote. You will be required to step out of line and complete documentation to update your address before you are given a ballot.
- If you’ve moved out of state, however, you are not eligible to vote in Virginia.
- If you have any questions about your registration, call us at 703-228-3456.
Know what’s on your ballot.
Sample ballots and additional information are posted on our Elections Page. We include links to candidate websites and to additional explanations about the Constitutional Amendment and County Bond questions. Do your homework before you vote!
- Since all of Arlington is in the 8th Congressional District, every Arlington voter gets the same ballot this year.
While we send out notices whenever we move polling locations, it is possible you may have overlooked the notice. Check your voting location when you check your registration your location may have changed since the last time you voted.
Don’t forget your photo ID!
Virginia requires photo ID to vote, so be sure to bring valid ID with you. Acceptable IDs include Virginia driver’s licenses or ID cards, passports, employer IDs with photos, student IDs from Virginia schools, or any government ID with photo issued by the U.S. or Virginia government (includes military IDs, Metro Access cards, Global Entry cards, etc.). Don’t have an ID or have questions? Stop by our office or any Voter Registration office in Virginia, and we’ll make you a FREE ID! Call 703-228-3456 for more info.
- Sorry, but we cannot accept driver’s licenses from other states. Virginia law specifically states a driver’s license must be issued by Virginia.
Know when to go to the polls.
If possible, avoid the heavy voting times early in the morning or in the evening right before the polls close. You may have only a minimal wait if you can vote in the middle of the day. Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.
If you are eligible, vote before Election Day.
While Virginia doesn’t have no-reason early voting, our absentee voting laws are flexible enough to accommodate many voters. If you work outside of Arlington, or if you have plans to be out of the County on Election Day for any reason, you are eligible. You are also eligible if you have an illness or disability that prevents you from going to the polls, among other reasons. You can either request a mailed ballot or vote in person at our office. For more information, see our Absentee Page.
Ask for help!
Election staff and poll workers are there to make your voting experience as smooth as possible. Please ask if you have a question about anything at all.
Posted October 24, 2018 by Linda Lindberg
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