Monday, February 26, 2024

Election Day is Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know

(WYDaily file photo)
(WYDaily file photo)

Voters planning to head to the polls on Election Day might have some questions.

While the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to cancel gatherings or other events out of an abundance of caution to slow the spread of the virus, Election Day is not one of them.

WYDaily compiled a list of frequently asked questions and polling places for Williamsburg, James City and York counties to make your trip to the polls a little smoother.

Polling places are open statewide from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For voters in the Williamsburg area, a photo ID is required.

“But we ask voters to exercise patience with our Officers of Election and other voters on Election Day while they are sanitizing between voters and practicing social distancing,” said Haley Snapp, assistant registrar.

The Stryker Precinct, which votes at the Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St., and the Matoaka Precinct, which votes at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Election Day.

James City County

Dianna Moorman, director of elections for the James City County Voter Registration & Elections office, said the regular polling places are open for Election Day

So what do people need to bring to polling places?

“Themselves and an ID,” she said.

Moorman sent WYDaily a complete list of polling locations for the county. The list includes the precinct number, the corresponding district and the address of the polling station. You can view the entire list here.

York County

York County General Registrar Walt Latham announced the reopening of the polling place at the Grafton School Complex after its closure earlier this year following a fire in February.

“The fire at the school complex changed the polling place from that location to County office space in Washington Square Shopping Center,” Latham said.

Grafton precinct voters who report to the Registrar’s Office to vote on Tuesday will be directed to the school complex to vote.

“Voters in the Grafton Precinct were very understanding about the temporary relocation. I’m sure they are happy to be able to return to the Grafton School Complex for this election,” Latham said.

York County residents are encouraged to bring their ballot if they have gotten it through the mail and be sure to bring an ID.

The Registrar’s Office locations are open on Monday and Tuesday for hand-delivery of ballots, but all other voters should report to their regular polling place on Tuesday. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information, click here or call 757-890-3440.

Know your rights

The ACLU created a Know Your Voting Rights guide just in case there is an issue at the polling station:

What are my general rights on Election Day?

  • If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
  • If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:

WYDaily reporters Julia Marsigliano, Gabrielle Rente and Annie Gallo contributed to this report.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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