When do I vote?
The Commonwealth of Virginia has elections every November. Federal elections are held in even-numbered years and local and state elections are held in odd-numbered years. Primary elections are held in February (Presidential) and June (at Party request).
Throughout Virginia polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Refer to the schedule of elections for the dates of elections to be held this year.
Where do I vote?
Voters are assigned to vote at polling places based on where they reside. If your voter registration is up-to-date you can refer to your Voter Card for your precinct number and polling place location. You may also find information about your polling place by using our on-line service to check your voter registration. Choose 'Prince William County' as your locality. Please be aware that if you click on “Polling Place” option you will view the polling place for the address you enter; but this does not verify that you are registered to vote. If you choose the “Voter Registration” option you must enter your name as it appears in the registration system or no record will be found. If your information is not available online but you believe you are registered, please call our office at 703-792-6470 for assistance. If you moved and did not update your voter registration information please contact our office to find out if you are eligible to vote in the next election.
You can also use Prince William County's QuickInfo! to find Election Districts and Polling Locations for a particular address. Again this does not verify your registration but you can use it to find voting information.
To see the list of all polling places in Prince William County refer to the PWC Precinct Map Book.
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How do I vote?
When voting on Election Day at the polling places, voters use a touchscreen voting system by Sequoia (Edge). With a touchscreen voting system a voter touches the screen to make, change, and review selections and cast a ballot. For mail-in absentee voting a paper-based optical scan voting system is used. With this system, a voter is mailed a paper ballot and completes the arrow next to the candidate or ballot question response for which the voter wants to vote. At the local CAP (Central Absentee Precinct), the paper ballot is fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by the voter. Why do I have to show an ID to vote?
Virginia voters are reminded that the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all voters to submit a valid identification card. In a 2013 amendment, the Commonwealth of Virginia amended the valid voter identification requirements list to include photo identification and this amendment will take effect on July 1, 2014. You may access the new voter photo identification requirements at the following link: Virginia Photo ID Requirements.
How do I know what’s on the ballot for the upcoming election?
Ballots are ready at least 45 days before an election and we will post a summary of what is on the ballot on our Web site on the Upcoming Elections page as soon as information is available.
I will need assistance to vote. What should I do?
Voters who require assistance in voting due to physical disability or inability to read or write can receive assistance if they request it. Any of the officers of election can advise you of your rights in this area.
Is curbside voting available at the polls?
Yes, curbside voting is still available for people ages 65 and older, or any person with a disability. To vote curbside, the voter must ask his or her driver or other individual to inform the officers of election that there is a person wishing to vote curbside. An Election Officer will check the voter's eligibility and provide a paper ballot to the voter that can be marked outside the polls.
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What is provisional voting?
Provisional voting guarantees every qualified and registered voter has the opportunity to vote on Election Day.
When voters arrive at the polling place on Election Day, the election officers check the electronic poll book (which contains a list of the precinct's registered voters) to confirm that the voters are registered at the polling place. With provisional voting, a voter whose name is not found in the poll book can request a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are paper ballots and so distinguished from the ballots cast on the machines. The Electoral Board holds a Provisional Ballot meeting on the day after the election to investigate the provisional voter's registration status and determine if the vote is to be counted. All voters who cast Provisional Ballots can come to the meeting and are able to make their case as to why their ballot should be counted.
If you still have unanswered questions or comments on the information provided here, please send them to us. You should receive a response within 24 business hours; however, if you don't hear from us in a timely manner (especially close to Election Day), please call the office.