While Election Day, November 5th will be an exciting day, it is also important for voters to take steps to ensure things go smoothly when they head to the polls. The following reminders can help voters prepare for Election Day.
November 2, 2019 – Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot in Person. Absentee Voting in the Registrar’s Office from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November 5, 2019 – Election Day Voting at Precincts, the Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
Confirm your polling location
Polling locations may have changed since last year, and voters who have moved in the past 12 months may now have to vote in a new location. Voters can contact the Goochland Registrar’s office at (804) 556-5803 or email registrar Ryan Mulligan at email@example.com to confirm the correct polling locations, or check their most recent Voter Information Notice (Voter Card). More information can also be found at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/.
Due to this year’s precinct boundary change between 402 Centerville and 401 Shallow Well precincts, some residents’ polling places may have changed, and some who used to vote at St. Matthews United Methodist Church now vote at Grace Chinese Baptist Church. The boundary line now aligns with Manakin Road. Previously it aligned with Three Chopt, Broad Street and Shallow Well Roads.
Also, due to the recent resolution to the boundary dispute between Goochland County and Louisa County, 102 Hadensville and 202 Sandy Hook precincts have multiple ballot styles. Voters can check to see what will be on their ballot at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/. An important note: Please pay particular attention to your House of Delegates District. Some voters who used to vote for the 65th House of Delegates District are now voting for the 56th House of Delegates District.
Bring photo identification
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Voters arriving at the polls without photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.
Acceptable forms of identification:
- Valid Virginia driver’s license
- Valid Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
- Valid United States passport
- Employer-issued photo ID
- Virginia Voter Photo ID card
- Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
- Valid Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia
- Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs go here. If you don’t have one of these, you can get a free Voter Photo ID at any Virginia voter registration office, including on Election Day.
Voters can confirm that they have registered to vote by contacting the Registrar’s Office. Sometimes voters’ names may not appear on the registration list when they arrive to vote, even if they previously registered. Poll workers can help voters who find themselves in such situations. But voters who want to avoid such hassles on Election Day can confirm their registration beforehand.
Citizens with any questions can contact the Registrar’s Office at (804) 556-5803.