Tuesday, November 3, is the 2020 presidential election.
The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Tuesday, October 13. (You cannot register and vote on the same day; it takes a few days, and you must get confirmation that you're registered, either in the mail or you can check online.)
Early absentee-in-person voting begins Friday, Sept. 18, and ends Sat., Oct. 31. Registrars will have Saturday in-person voting Oct. 24, and Oct. 31. Secure ballot dropboxes are located outside the entrance of both registrars' offices, and are checked several times a day. Charlottesville Registrar (434-970-3250) : 120 7th Street NE #142 City Hall Annex, First Floor, 22902 Albemarle County Registrar (434-972-4173): New County Office Bldg.--1600 5th Street Extended (past I-64), 22902
Helpful info from the Charlottesville Registrar's office: MAIL BALLOT/EARLY VOTING TIPS: 1) USING the DROP BOX - After putting your voted ballot in Envelope B, please place Envelope B INSIDE the RETURN Envelope before placing it in the MAIL BALLOT DROP BOX. Even if you are not mailing your ballot, it is easier for us to check in your ballot if you place Envelope B (with your ballot inside) in the RETURN ENVELOPE before you place it in the DROP BOX. 2) NEVER PLACE A LOOSE BALLOT INSIDE A DROP BOX. IT WILL NOT COUNT. YOU MUST PLACE YOUR BALLOT INSIDE ENVELOPE B and fill out the Statement of Voter on the outside of the envelope whether MAILING your ballot or using the DROP BOX. 3) If you decide to vote in-person instead of using your mail ballot, please bring your ENTIRE mail ballot packet to turn in for an in-person ballot. We need the ENTIRE BALLOT PACKET or at least the RETURN ENVELOPE and unopened ENVELOPE A (ballot inside). 4) When using BALLOT SCOUT to TRACK your mail ballot - keep in mind that, when Ballot Scout says your ballot has been delivered, it means your ballot was scanned into the local post office where the ballot will be transferred to your mail carrier. CHECK with your MAIL CARRIER if BALLOT SCOUT says your ballot was delivered and you did not receive it. Ballot Scout does NOT track door-to-door delivery like Amazon. It only tracks when a ballot is scanned at the post office. We can re-issue a ballot after a reasonable time has past without delivery - usually 10 days. 5) BRING YOUR OWN BLUE OR BLACK PEN to vote early in-person. This will cut down on waste. We provide pens, but - due to COVID - must treat them as disposable. 6) Be patient when voting early in-person. Social distancing guidelines limit the number of voters we can have in the office. This slows the lines down. Also, check the weather. You may have to wait outside for 10-15 minutes or longer, so dress accordingly. Find info on polling places and so much more here: Voting information for City of Charlottesville (click to open page)(434) 970-3250 Voting information for Albemarle County (click to open page)(434) 972-4173 If you have a question about whether or where you are registered, where you vote, or the status of your mail-in ballot request, you can call your registrar or look up your own registration securely online at http://vote.virginia.gov.
If you have already requested a mail-in ballot, those won't be mailed out until Sept. 18, so wait until Sept. 25 to expect to receive it, or to send in another request
NOTE: Several new rules have just in September been signed into law by Governor Northam and some rules are extensions of changes made for the June primaries: *No-excuse early voting *No witness requirement for mail-in ballot *No witness signature required on ballot envelope *No PHOTO ID required; first-time voters will need to show one of these forms of ID *Election Day is a state holiday *Automatic voter registration through DMV *Polls will close at 8pm, not 7pm as in years past *Expanded timeline for absentee voting (Any absentee ballot returned to the general registrar after the closing of the polls on Election Day but before noon on the third day after the election and postmarked on or before the date of the election shall be counted if the voter is found entitled to vote.)