Rappahannock County Seal
NEW! Photo ID Requirements
NEW! Register to Vote Online
What's on my ballot?
Military and Overseas Voters *If you have a family member or friend overseas, please give them this information!
Absentee Voting
College Students! *Parents, please remind your college kids to plan ahead so they can vote!

EXTENDED by Federal Court: Deadline to Register to Vote/Update Registration
Governor McAuliffe's Official Announcement/Press Release - here.
What this means to Rappahannock voters/potential voters:
Our office, located at 262A Gay Street, Washington, VA will remain open until 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday October 21st. The deadline to register online will continue until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night. If you choose the online option, please be sure to agree to DMV access and enter your ss# AND your Virginia driver's license/DMV Customer # in order for your application to be signed. It must be signed in order for us to process the application and register you.
Pursuant to the court's order, the registration deadline is 11:59 pm tomorrow October 21st. THEREFORE: Any registration submitted through the online portal until 11:59 pm on October 21 will be considered timely. Any registration submitted in person will be considered timely if the person was in line by 5pm on October 21. Any registration sent by mail and postmarked by October 21 will be considered timely. Any registration received by a designated NVRA agency by October 21 will be considered timely. If you have registered recently (the last several weeks – we do not send out new cards every year or every election) and have NOT received your paper voter id card in the mail, please call our office at 540-675-5380 as we may be missing information from your application (like your mailing address if it is different from your physical address).
IMPORTANT! - There will be two Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot (see here). Please review and familiarize yourself with them before Election Day.
As you may know, the Supreme Court reversed Governor McAuliffe's blanket restoration of rights. The Department of Elections is reviewing the order and will provide the Directors of Elections with guidance as to how to address voters this may impact. To read the official order: (see here) or the Washington Post's Article: (see here).

July 11, 2016 Minutes - click here to view
September 7, 2016 Minutes - click here to view

**NOTE** Our Election Officials are a critical part of making it possible for the voters of Rappahannock County to cast their votes! We are always in need of Election Officials as we like to ensure they are trained and ready to work at upcoming elections. The March 1, 2016 Dual Presidential Primary was a great opportunity for new Election Officials to practice for the 2016 Presidential Election! If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact us at 540-675-5380 or complete the online form at the Department of Elections (click here)
**IMPORTANT DATES** September 23, 2016-Absentee Voting Begins
October 17, 2016-Deadline to register to vote in the 2016 November Presidential Election. Please be sure to register, update your registration, or transfer from another locality (if you have moved into Rappahannock County) before this date. If you have already been registered and nothing has changed, you do not need to register again.
November 1, 2016-Deadline to submit an absentee ballot application in order to receive ballot by mail. In person absentee voting will still be available.
October 29, 2016 and November 5, 2016-Our office is open both of these Saturdays for in person absentee voting. November 5th is the final day for in person absentee voting. Please remember to bring photo id.
November 8, 2016 - Presidential Election. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

As of July 1, 2014, all registered voters are required to present a photo ID in order to vote. Please visit the Department of Elections (see here) to review acceptable photo identification under this new law.
To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, a person must:
Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
Be a U.S. Citizen
Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next General Election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening Primary or Special Election)
Not be registered and/or planning to vote in another state
Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored and you must provide restoration proof to the Registrar's Office in order to be reinstated

Please visit the Department of Elections (website) to access all forms, including the Absentee Ballot Application, Voter Registration form (print, complete, sign, and mail), and the Election Officials Interest form.
• New! On-line Voter Registration (see here); you may also verify that your registration information is up-to-date (correct name, spelling, address, etc). If it is not, please update prior to the upcoming election to facilitate a smoother voting experience for yourself and your fellow voters. Please be sure to follow on-line instructions regarding registering on-line and pay special attention to instructions about signatures.

Voter ID Information - The new Voter ID law requiring a photo ID, in order to vote, came into effect July 2014. Voter Registration offices have been outfitted with equipment to provide photo ID cards for anyone who does not have one. See (website) for more information.
Overseas and Military Voter Information - See (website).
Becoming a Candidate - Soon, candidates will be required to file paperwork electronically. It is strongly encouraged by the DOE now. See (website) for more information.
Polling Locations - Your designated voting location is provided on your Voter ID Card. Please be sure to verify the location of your polling place prior to Election Day. See (website).
Voting Districts Map (as of 5/28/13) - click here to view

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