Elections and Voter Registration
Next Electoral Board Meetings -
All Meetings held at the Goochland County Administration Bldg, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd, Goochland, VA 23063 unless noted.
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Governor Moves June 9 Primaries
On April 8, 2020 Governor Northam announced he would postpone the Primary Elections scheduled for June 9 back to June 23 due to concerns regarding the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
On April 13 the Governor signed Executive Order 56 officially moving the June 9, 2020 Primary Elections to June 23, 2020.
In These Uncertain Times, Vote Absentee!
In these uncertain times one thing is still certain, the Office of the General Registrar’s commitment to continue to provide premier services to the citizens of Goochland County.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Virginia Department of Elections as well as the Goochland County Registrar’s Office encourage all voter’s to protect their health and the health of others and vote from home. The Department of Elections has announced that all voters can us reason code "2A- My disability or illness" to vote absentee in the upcoming June Primary!
Every voter that votes absentee by mail is one less voter in line on Election Day, limiting the risk of spreading the virus within the community and protecting those that serve as Officers of Election at the polls.
Only a Republican Primary for Goochland this June
When applying for Absentee Ballots please note that only a Republican Primary will be held on June 23 in Goochland County.
Absentee Voting for the June 23, 2020 Republican Primary will begin Friday May 8. The last day to request an Absentee Ballot to be sent to you is Tuesday, June 16.
Absentee Ballot Applications can be returned in person at the Office of the General Registrar located at 1800 Sandy Hook Rd, Goochland, VA 23063, by mail to the General Registrar at PO Box 1013, Goochland, VA 23063, by fax to 804-556-6323 or by email to email@example.com. You can also apply for an Absentee Ballot online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.
In-Person Absentee Voting will be available at the Office of the General Registrar during normal office hours on weekdays beginning Friday, May 8 and continuing until Friday, June 19. The office will also be open for Absentee Voting on Saturday, June 20, from 9am until 5pm.
The Republican Primary will be held June 23, 2020 in Goochland County. All Precincts will be open from 6am to 7pm. If you are in line at 7pm you will be allowed to vote. Here are some helpful hints to make sure things go smoothly and quickly:
Check your voter registration. You can check the status of your voter registration using the citizen portal at the Department of Elections website here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/. Make sure you are registered at the correct address and with the correct name. Any confusion can make it difficult to find your name on the Poll Book and lead to delays.
Know where you vote. You can check where you vote using the citizen portal at the Department of Elections website here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/. You have to vote at your designated polling place. If you go to the wrong polling place you will be directed to the correct polling place which will lead to delays.
Know what is on the ballot. Do not let there be any surprises at the Polls on Election Day. You can view a sample ballot on our Election Information and Sample Ballot page here. Knowing who you are going to vote for will allow you to mark your ballot quickly and be on your way.
Know how to mark a ballot. Simply fill in the bubble next to the candidate of your choice. Making any other mark, such as an x or check may result in the machine not reading your mark and your vote not being counted.
JUNE 9, 2020 ABSENT UNIFORMED-SERVICE AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS ELIGIBLE TO USE THE FEDERAL WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT (FWAB)
This is an official notice of the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections to be conducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia on June 9, 2020. If you are an absent military or overseas citizen eligible to vote in state and local elections, you may register to vote and submit an absentee ballot application electronically for a specific election or any elections up through the next year using the Department of Elections voter registration portal. Please note that a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Virginia DMV is required to complete the process paperlessly. If you do not have a DMV-issued ID, you may also apply by using the federal postcard application (FPCA), available at www.fvap.gov. You can submit your FPCA by scanned email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to (804) 371-0194. Detailed instructions are provided in the Virginia Voting Assistance Guide. FPCA’s are valid for all elections in the calendar year in which they are submitted and must be renewed annually.
If you do not receive your state ballot in time, you may vote using a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available at www.fvap.gov. You can identify all of the state, local offices and, if applicable, ballot measures that, as of this date, are expected to be on the ballot by visiting the Candidate Lists and visit ELECT’s Citizen Portal to view your voter registration status.
Voter Registration 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 plan 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.
Online Voter Registration Application
Apply to register to vote or update your current registration. Or you can download the Virginia Voter Registration application (PDF). Your completed voting application may be submitted by mail or brought to our Voter Registration Office:
1800 Sandy Hook Road, Suite 220
P. O. Box 1013
Goochland, Virginia 23063
Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday
If you have moved since you last voted, you need to register at your current address to assure your vote will count. It's a good idea for everyone to check their registration status - just to be sure - call the Voter Registration office at 804-556-5803.
If you need to register or update your registration download the Virginia Voter Registration Application or if you are unsure about where to vote you can check your polling place online.
If you have any questions regarding your registration status, or need information about obtaining an absentee ballot, please call the Voter Registration office at 804-556-5803.
Become an Election Officer
To become an Election Officer one must:
- Be registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Be 18 years of age.
- Be willing to start work at 5:00 AM and stay until the precinct is closed and cleaned up (usually about 8:30 PM).
- You will receive a stipend for you day of volunteer service.
If you are interested in becoming an Election Officer for Goochland County, please Apply Here Opens in New Window . We will be in contact shortly.