HISTORIC TRIANGLE — In-person early voting for the November General Election begins on Friday, Sept. 22. Here’s what you need to know about voting in the Historic Triangle.
Who is Eligible to Vote?
You can register to vote in Virginia if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a resident of Virginia
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are at least 18 years of age by the next November general election
- You are not registered/planning to vote in another state
- You are not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
- If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored
If you meet these requirements, you may register to vote.
For more complete information about registering in Virginia, check out the Department of Elections website.
According to the Virginia Department of Elections:
- First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office: Friday, Sept. 22.
- Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration: Oct. 16 (Voters may register after this date, through Election Day, and vote using a provisional ballot).
- Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you: Oct. 27. Your request must be received by your local voter registration office by 5 p.m.
- Voter registration offices open for early voting: Saturday, Oct. 28.
- The last day of in-person early voting at your local voter registration office: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.
- See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists.
- Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the Citizen Portal.
Following is specific voting information for the City of Williamsburg and James City and York counties:
James City County
Additionally, voters may complete a Voter Registration Application form on their computer, print it, and mail it to the JCC Office of Elections, 4095 Ironbound Road. Or print a blank application form, complete it legibly, then mail it to the same address. All applications must be signed and dated, and the county asks voters to review applications carefully before submitting. Applications may also be scanned and emailed to Vote@jamescitycountyva.gov or faxed to 757-259-4945. Those who need a paper application mailed to them should call 757-259-4949.
The deadline to receive a voter registration application in the mail at the JCC Office of Elections is Monday, Oct. 16 by 5 p.m. for the November 2023 General Election.
Those already registered and needing to report a change of name or address are required to notify the Office of Elections in writing of any change to remain a qualified voter. Deadlines are the same as registering to vote. Learn more at the Department of Elections website.
City of Williamsburg
Where to Vote
Polling places may be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website. The City of Williamsburg has two voting precincts. Both Polling Precincts are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Days.
The polling place address given is based on the resident address information provided. It does not confirm that you are registered to vote at the polling place address displayed. The city strongly urghes those who have questions about registration status to contact their local voter registration office at least 29 days before the election date.
Voting in Person
- Early Voting (before Election Day) — City voters can cast their ballots in person at the Municipal Building, 401 Lafayette St. in the Registrar’s Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Nov. 3. The office will also be open two Saturdays during this election season: Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
- Election Day, Nov. 7 — Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. To see a precinct map for polling locations on Election Day, visit williamsburgva.gov/vote.
Voting by Mail
Absentee ballots, which will be mailed to those who requested to vote by mail, can be returned to a dropbox outside the front doors of the Municipal Building or sent through the mail; postage is prepaid. Ballots sent through the mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 7, and received no later than Monday, Nov. 13.
To request an absentee ballot, contact Tina Reitzel at 757-220-6157 or email@example.com. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 27.
To register to vote, contact Tina Reitzel at 757-220-6157 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The last day to register is Monday, Oct. 16.
Where to Vote
The ballot you receive will depend on the precinct where you are assigned, which may be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website.