Federal and State Voting Laws and Regulations, as well as important changes to those can be found here.


Read the League’s comments submitted to the Virginia Board of Elections regarding proposed Voter Registration requirements {1 VAC 20 -40}. Click Here

Federal Voting Laws and Regulations

  • Federal Election Laws [Read Here]
  • HAVA: Help America Vote Act of 2002 was passed by US Congress, reforming the nation’s voting process. It resulted in improvements to voting systems and voter access issues that were identified after the 200 election. Read More Here
  • Virginia State Plan for HAVA Implementation as amended [Read Here]

Virginia Voting Law Changes for 2013

The 2013 General Assembly made changes to the electoral process and laws governing voting in Virginia in 2013. Following are highlights and a link to a document printed as a “rack-card” that can be downloaded and printed for use by the voters.


If you are already registered to vote, you do not have to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name. You can check to see if you are registered by going to the State Board of Elections (SBE) web site: https://www.vote.virginia.gov.

  • If you have a current Virginia driver’s license or ID issued by the DMV, you can register or update your registration online by going to: https://www.vote.virginia.gov.
  • You can download, print and complete the SBE registration form and take or mail it to your local voter registration office. (address on form)
  • You can obtain a copy of the form at your local voter registration office, DMV, or other government office and complete it in person or mail it to your local voter registration office.
  • Register to Vote You can download voter registration forms in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

If you do not receive a voter card within 30 days, contact the SBE or your local voter registration office

Virginia Voting Laws and Regulations

  • Virginia Election Laws (Title 24.2) [Read Here]
  • State Board of Elections Regulations (Proposed and Approved)[Read Here]
  • State Board of Elections Guidance Documents [Read Here]
  • State Board of Elections Pending Regulatory Actions [Read Here]


Recounts and Contests

  • Virginia Recounts and Contests – The Basics [Read Here]
  • Ballot Examples for Handcounting Ballots (.pdf) [Read Here]
  • Recount Step by Step Instructions (.pdf) [Read Here]


SBE Policies

  • SBE Policy-2009-006 – Provisional Ballots [Read Here]
  • SBE Policy-2009-003 – Voter History Include Absentee [Read Here]
  • State Board of Elections Certification of Voting Systems [Read Here]
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