VOTE: Election 2020
Virginia
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
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

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/15.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/15.

Virginia does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

The address will only be used to determine which districts you are a part of. SmartNews will not store your address or use it for any other reason.

Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th 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 January 12, 2017, 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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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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U.S. Senate Virginia

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, 2027.

Warner (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Virginia. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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.