Every vote matters. To fight the Republican’s efforts to disenfranchise voters, we will make every effort to register voters in Clarke and Frederick counties and help people who need a voter ID obtain one.
Voter Registration Deadlines in Virginia:
- General elections: 22 days prior to Election Day.
- Primary elections: 22 days prior to Election Day.
- Special elections: 13 days prior to Election Day. Special elections called by the governor: 7 days prior to Election Day.
Who May Vote?
Age: Must 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)
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Virginia
Mental Competency: Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
Felony Convictions: If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored. Many people have had their voting rights restored by the governor. Go here for more information and to check if one’s rights have been restored: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/
Check eligibility with this link.
Voter Registration Rules
You do not need to register again if you are already registered at your current address. If you move, you need to register in your new locality. To avoid the chance of someone attempting to purge you from the rolls, you should also notify the registrar in the county where you used to live. Here is the lookup for Virginia: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup
Voting in Primaries
Where’s my political party affiliation? Remember in Virginia we do not register to vote by political party, so this information doesn’t appear on your registration record. This means that any registered voter is eligible to vote in any primary election administered by the Office of Elections. if both the Democratic and Republican parties hold primaries on the same day, voters must choose which party ballot they wish to vote.
Where can people register?
The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote.
Virginia residents can check their registration status and register online
Go here: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
As you can see from the hours, to register in person you’d have to be retired or take off from work, since the offices are closed on the weekends!
You can mail in your registration application. The completed application can be filed with your local election office or mailed to the address printed on the form. If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than the deadline.
Clarke County Registrar’s office:
Registrar: Barbara Bosserman
101 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 226111387
Monday : 08:30 – 4:30 PM
Tuesday : 08:30 -4:30 PM
Wednesday : 08:30 -4:30 PM
Thursday : 08:30 -4:30 PM
Friday : 08:30 -4:30 PM
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
Frederick County Registrar’s office:
Registrar: Rick Miller
107 N Kent St Ste 102
Winchester, VA 226015039
Monday : 08:30 – 5 PM
Tuesday : 08:30 – 5 PM
Wednesday : 08:30 – 5 PM
Thursday : 08:30 – 5 PM
Friday : 08:30 – 5 PM
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
Indivisible Winchester Voter Registration Drive
Get Trained online! Watch this training video. All individuals or organizations requesting twenty-five (25) or more voter registration applications from the Department of Elections (ELECT) or local voter registration offices must register and complete ELECT certified training. This training will provide valuable information regarding your responsibilities while conducting voter registration drives in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Voter Registration should be nonpartisan.
Once you have completed ELECT certified training, submit the voter registration application request and affidavit.
Details on what third party groups should do when registering voters using official forms, https://teamster.org/voter-registration/virginia
According to the Brennan Center, “Voter registration drives are especially helpful to those who have the hardest time navigating new voting obstacles. Blacks and Hispanics, for example, register through voter registration drives at twice the rate as other groups, according to Census figures. While voter registration drives are especially needed in some communities, they benefit everyone. Non-partisan voter registration drives have registered millions in past election cycles, helping ensure that more Americans are in a position to exercise their right and responsibility to vote.” (See full guide)
Let’s Work with Affinity Groups
Effective July 1, 2014, a valid Photo Identification is required in order to cast a ballot at the polling place on election day and for in-person absentee voting (24.2-643). Voters without acceptable ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and submit a copy of a valid form of ID to the local Electoral Board by noon on Friday following Election Day in order for the ballot to be counted. Acceptable forms of identification include ( Photo ID Flyer ):
- Valid Virginia Driver’s License
- DMV – issued photo identification card
- Valid United States Passport
- Valid employee photo identification card
- Other government-issued photo identification card
- Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
APPLYING FOR FREE VOTER ID: All required sections of the form must be completed and the form must be presented, in-person, to a General Registrar’s office [Which is closed weekends and evenings] by the voter applying for the identification card. The application may not be faxed or mailed. Any voter lacking proper photo identification may apply for a Virginia Voter Photo Identification card at any General Registrar’s office throughout Virginia. All required sections of the form must be completed and the form must be presented, in-person, to a General Registrar’s office by the voter applying for the identification card. LINK TO FORM
- Requires social security number
- Requires Birthdate
We will discuss opening a Winchester chapter of Spread the Vote at our next meeting of Indivisible Winchester on January 11th. This is a way we can help people obtain photo IDs.