Next General Election

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Phone (804) 646-5950
Fax: (804) 646-7848
2134 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 61037
Richmond, Virginia 23261

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All voters casting a ballot in-person will be asked to show one form of identification. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification may instead sign a statement, subject to felony penalties, that they are the named registered voter who they claim to be. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification or sign this statement must vote a provisional ballot.

The next election is the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th 2023.

You can view a sample ballot for this election down below:

You can find your voting precinct by clicking here.


Early Voting for this election will be from Friday, September 22nd 2023 until Saturday, November 4th 2023.

The locations, dates, and times are as follows:

Office of Elections
September 22nd – November 4th, 2023
9 AM – 4 PM (Monday – Friday)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday October 28th, 2023)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday November 4th, 2023)

City Hall

September 22nd – November 4th, 2023
9 AM – 4 PM (Monday – Friday)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday October 28th, 2023)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday November 4th, 2023)

Hickory Hill Community Center
September 22nd – November 4th, 2023
9 AM – 4 PM (Monday – Friday)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday October 28th, 2023)
9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday November 4th, 2023)

Voters can request an absentee ballot online, in person at the Office of Elections, by fax (804-646-7848), or by email (

Prefer the ease and comfort of voting from home? Virginia law allows voters the option to join a Permanent Vote By Mail Roster and have their ballots sent directly to their preferred address ahead of every election.

Click here to apply to Vote By Mail and join the Permanent Roster. Make sure you complete section 3 of the application. You can access the paper absentee application here.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election is on Friday, October 27th 2023.

All absentee ballots, those sent by mail and those cast in-person, are counted on Election Day in Virginia. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or dropped off at the Office of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

IMPORTANT – Please mark your ballot using a black or blue pen.

What if I received an absentee ballot by mail but I want to vote in person?

1. Return your un-voted ballot by mail.
    • Leave or reseal your un-voted ballot in Envelope A and mail using the pre‐addressed return envelope.
    • You will receive a new ballot when you go to vote in person.
2. Take your un-voted ballot with you when you go to vote early in person or on Election Day.

Important! If you lost your absentee ballot, you can still vote in person. Notify the election official when you come in person to vote. If you choose to vote in person and do not return your un-voted ballot, you will be offered a provisional ballot which will be reviewed for counting after Election Day.

Absentee Ballot Roadmap Infographic

Ballot Drop Boxes were introduced in 2020 as an initiative to provide voters with a secure alternative option to return their ballot.
Ballot Drop Boxes provide voters with a safe, accessible, contact free method to return their voted ballot.

What You Need to Know

Drop Boxes are available to voters starting on the first day of Early Voting (Friday, September 22nd 2023).
Drop Boxes are available until 5 PM on the Monday before the election.
Following the last day to return absentee ballots via a drop box, ballots can be returned in person at the Office of Elections on Election Day, and on Election Day before 7 PM at any polling location in the city.

Drop boxes, which are monitored by video surveillance, are available to the public during normal business hours.

Ballots are collected daily from drop boxes by staff of the General Registrar.

Before you return your ballot:

Make sure you seal it inside Envelope B.
Fill in all spaces on the Statement of Voter on Envelope B. You and your witness must sign.
If you make a mistake marking your ballot, or if you lose or damage your ballot, please contact our office at (804) 646-5950 or at

Drop Boxes are located at:

The Office of Elections
2134 W. Laburnum Avenue

Southside Community Services Center
4100 Hull Street Road

City Hall
900 East Broad Street

To track your ballot as it makes its way through the mail stream click here.

Ballot Drop Box

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Voters in Richmond cast their ballot on a DS200. A DS200 is a ballot scanner and vote tabulator that is manufactured by Election Systems and Software (ES&S).

This is how the DS200 optical scan voting machines work: a voter marks a paper ballot and places her/his ballot in the optical scan machine. The machine electronically scans the ballot, records the vote, and informs the voter that the ballot has been cast. The machines also let the voter know if the ballot is blank or over-voted (voted for more candidates than allowed in a contest). When the polls close, the DS200 provides election results. In the case of a recount, there is a voter-verified paper audit trail for every vote. Voters who cast their ballot during Early Voting will use what is called an ExpressVote. An ExpressVote is a paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System that uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record for tabulation. As a marker, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating unclear marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark that usually occurs during a recount.

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If you would like more information about election laws at the federal, state, and local level, click the links below to visit various resourceful and informational sites.

Federal Laws
Statues enforced by the Voting Section of the Department of Justice

State Laws
24.2 of the Code of Virginia

Local Laws
Ordinances regarding elections

Commonly referred to as the EAC, the United States Election Assistance Commission was created as a result of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and is charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.
United States Election Assistance Commission

Our drop boxes are constructed of durable material able to withstand vandalism, removal, and inclement weather. Our drop boxes are all monitored by a video surveillance system. Our drop boxes are secured by a lock. Only members of our staff have access to the keys to the drop boxes. You can find more information regarding our drop boxes by clicking here.

The DS200 does not have a modem and are not connected to the internet.

The DS200 utilizes physical and system access controls including lockable doors, tamper-evident seals and access codes. These security safeguards cannot be bypassed or deactivated and alert election officials of unauthorized access while the unit is in storage, transport, preparation and operation.

The DS200 generates a detailed audit log of all actions and events that have occurred on the unit, which can be printed at any time. Every action and event, including access attempts, access of system functions and errors, is logged and timestamped.

The DS200 will only accept certified and approved USB flash drives that contain encrypted data sealed with the correct, FIPS-compliant, signed data key. As such, once an election official installs election programming, it is not possible for a separate device to interface with the DS200 in order to overwrite or change the election definition or system firmware.

The DS200 is a purpose-built tabulator. Its system functions are only executable during election events, in the manner and order intended by election officials performing their duties. The system performs a self-diagnostic test at startup, which alerts election officials of errors or changes to the system before any election data is introduced.

All data generated during the polls is encrypted and digitally signed. Additional hash validations ensure data integrity remains intact. The DS200 also generates a signed data key, ensuring that should unauthorized access of a unit occur, no other units can be affected through data transfer.

In an effort to promote transparency and improvement within our office, and to provide the public with a written historical document of every November election, we will release annual post-election reports that seek to tell the story of the election from the perspective of our staff and our election officers.

November 2021 Post-Election Report