Here’s info on registration and absentee voting for this year’s general and special elections

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(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — On Nov. 5, residents will cast their ballots in the general and special elections for State Senate, House of Delegates, Clerk of Court, Soil and Water Conservation Director, Treasurer, City Council and School Board.

For specific information, a sample ballot, and an updated list of polling locations, click here.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct 15.

The Constitution of Virginia requires that voters be registered to vote in the precinct in which they live in order to be qualified to vote.

To be eligible to vote on Nov. 5, those not registered, or any registered voter who needs to make a change to their registration address or name, must submit a voter registration application no later than close of business on Oct. 15, according to election officials. Mailed Voter Registration Applications must also be postmarked on or before Oct. 15.

Residents may register in-person at the Voter Registration & Elections office, all Virginia Beach Public Library locations, and Virginia Beach Department of Motor Vehicles offices (in conjunction with DMV transactions) during normal hours of operation. Online voter registration is also available on the Department of Elections website.

Absentee ballot applicationsmust be received by mail, email, fax, or online by 5 p.m., Oct. 29. The voted ballot must be received in our office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 5.

Nov. 2, by 5 p.m. is the last day for absentee voting in-person.

Registered voters who need to vote absentee in-person may do so at the Voter Registration & Elections office beginning Friday, Sept. 20.

  • Voter Registration & Elections – Municipal Center, Building 19
    2449 Princess Anne Road
    Sept. 20 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    and Saturdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In-person absentee voting begins at five satellite locations on Monday, Oct. 21:

  • Courthouse Fire Station – Municipal Center, Building 13
    2461 Princess Anne Road
    21 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    and Saturdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Community Recreation Center – Bayside
    4500 First Court Road
    21 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    and Saturdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Community Recreation Center – Great Neck
    2521 Shorehaven Drive
    21 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    and Saturdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Community Recreation Center – Seatack
    141 S. Birdneck Road
    21 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    and Saturdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Kempsville Treasurer’s Office – Fairfield Shopping Center
    5340 Fairfield Shopping Center
    21 – Nov. 1, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (No Saturday hours at this location.)

Voters that do not have an acceptable form of identification may contact the Voter Registration & Elections office for a free voter photo ID.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.