Making Democracy Work

Voter Service

VOTE 411One of the primary missions of the League is to provide information to the general public on all aspects of the voting process + registering, voting in person or absentee, dates of elections location of polling places and information on the candidates. is the primary vehicle used to convey much of this information, primarily at the local level.


For a list of elections in 2017 click here.

A year calendar of elections prepared by the Virginia Department of Elections can be found here

We urge all voters to be prepared to vote by checking your registration information ahead of the election and know what and who will be on the ballot. Check the Department of Elections website for information.


Online voter registration (OVR) was introduced in Virginia in July 2013 and is available to eligible Virginia citizens who have a Virginia driver's license or other DMV identification. Virginia citizens who are already registered to vote are encouraged to use OVR to update their voter registration when needed for address and name changes. Those not having a Virginia DMV identification can complete the application online and then print and mail it to their local voter registrar. The OVR application can be found here.

The Virginia Department of Elections provides up to date information on voter registration and elections on its web site. The links to the most commonly requested information are:

You can check your registration status and the status of your absentee ballot here.

NEED A VOTER FORM? Click here.

ORGANIZING OR PARTICIPATING IN A VOTER REGISTRTION DRIVE? See requirements and note need for annual training here.

Review of Voting History

  • Great review of the history of Voting Rights in the LWV Fairfax Voter: Voting Rights in the U.S. and Virginia: Past and Present Read Here

  • Another resource on this topic was obtained from the Virginia Department of Elections website. This power point presentation was put together by an unnamed General Registrar and has been abridged, showing only the first 20 slides that pertain to the history of interest to League members. Click Here to read the presentation.