VOTE: Election 2020
Virginia
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VOTING IN PERSON

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6 a.m. - 7 p.m.


ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required.

Under the law, a voter is required to present one of the following:

Voter registration confirmation documents
Virginia driver's license
U.S. passport
ID issued by any federal or state agency in the U.S.
Student ID card issued by any institution of higher education
Student ID card issued by any institution of higher education located in any other state or territory of the U.S.
Employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business
Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Virginia?
Yes! You just need to request a ballot.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your application must be received by 5:00 pm on October 23.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 pm on Election Day (November 3) and received by November 6, 2020 at noon.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 20

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October 12
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November 3
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Biography

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Virginia

Biography

Al Mina (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Virginia. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Daniel Gade (Republican Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Virginia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 23, 2020.

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Biography

Mark Warner (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Virginia. He assumed office on January 6, 2009. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Warner (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Virginia. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. The Democratic primary for this office on June 23, 2020, was canceled.

Warner served as governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006, and defeated his predecessor as governor, Jim Gilmore, to win a U.S. Senate seat in 2008.

At the start of the 116th Congress, Warner was Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Before entering politics, Warner was a businessman in the telecommunications field and co-founded the company that became Nextel Communications.

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Initiatives

Virginia Question 1
Redistricting Commission Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports transferring the power to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts from the state legislature to a redistricting commission composed of state legislators and citizens.

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A "no" vote opposes transferring the power to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts to a redistricting commission, thus keeping the state legislature responsible for redistricting.

Virginia Question 2
Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Amendment (2020)
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A “yes” vote supports exempting one automobile or pickup truck from state and local property taxes for veterans who have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.

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A “no” vote opposes exempting one automobile or pickup truck from state and local property taxes for veterans who have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.