Voter Eligibility, ID Requirements, Special Registration Categories (Click on question to view its answer )
Who is eligible to register to vote?
Do I need to show an ID to register?
How do I change my voter registration information?
How do I register to vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?
I will turn 18 during the Books Closed period. Does that mean I can't vote?
I was convicted of a felony. How do I register to vote?
How do I find out if I'm registered to vote in Virginia?
When will I get my Voter Card?
I moved and didn't change my voter registration. Will I still be able to vote?
How do I cancel my voter registration in Prince William County?
How do I contact you?
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 18 years of age by the next general election (the November election)
- A resident of Virginia
- Voting rights restored if you have ever been convicted of a felony or been judged mentally incapacitated
- If you register to vote in person at our office and you sign the application in front of a registrar, you do not need to show an ID
- Under a federal law, if you register in Virginia by mail (the first time) you need to include either
- (1) a copy of your current and valid photo identification, or
- (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
- Otherwise you may be required to show election officials either (1) or (2) above the first time you vote in a federal election
PLEASE NOTE: Virginia law requires that those who register by mail, rather than in person, must vote in person the first time they vote in a federal election. Voters exempt from the in person requirement include military service members and dependents, overseas citizens, full-time students voting absentee, and disabled voters.
- To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local voter registration office of any change in your name or address
- Deadline for updates to voter registration information occurs 21 days prior to an election
- You may submit the change online
- Complete a new Virginia Voter Registration Application (same form to register/update registration)
- Complete the change of address form on the back of your Voter Card
- Send a letter with your new information (only if you are currently a registered voter in Virginia; check your registration status online). If a Virginia registered voter submits a letter, it must include:
- Full legal name (if this is a change of name, include old and new names)
- New residence address
- Birth date or last four digits of your Social security number
- Previous registration address
- Your signature and the date
You may submit your notice of change of name or address either in person, by mail, or by fax. The notice must include your signature to be valid. Notice cannot be made by telephone or by e-mail. After your change is processed, you will be mailed a new Voter Card. If a new card does not arrive within four weeks, please call us at 703-792-6470 to confirm that your notice was received.
- Seventeen-year-olds may register to vote as long as they will be 18 before the next General Election
- These voters are also eligible to vote in Primaries associated with the General Election (e.g., if your birthday is Nov. 1, you can register in April and vote in the June Primary and the November Election
- General Elections are normally the November Elections; however, Town Elections are also General Elections, so Town residents must turn 18 before the next Town Election (May of even-numbered years), or wait until after the Town Election to register, which still allows them to vote in the June Primary
- Citizens who have been convicted of a felony can petition the Governor to restore voting rights
- This process can take as long as six months to complete: Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s page on Restoration of Rights, or call the Restoration of Rights Division at 1-855-575-9177
- Once your rights have been restored you can register to vote--you must annotate the date that voting rights were restored in Block 4 of the Virginia Voter Registration Application.
- If you believe you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can verify your voter registration status online
- When you choose the “Voter Registration” option, you must enter your information as it appears in the registration system or no record will be found. Choose 'Prince William County' as your locality
- If your information is not available online but you believe you are registered, please call our office at 703-792-6470 for assistance.
- If in doubt, register online or download the Virginia Voter Registration Application, complete, and mail
What about Party affiliation? How do I register by Party?
- Virginia is an open primary state which means that any qualified voter can vote in either Party's primary election. Citizens do not designate a political Party affiliation when registering to vote in Virginia
- Virginia election law stipulates that while any qualified voter may vote in either political party's primary election, a voter may vote in only one political party's primary on the same Election Day
- Therefore, if both Parties hold their primaries on the same day, when you go to the polls you will have to state in which primary you would like to vote. This is not choosing a Party, but only choosing a primary in which to vote for that election
- No--Voting in any Party's Primary Election in Virginia does not affiliate the voter with either political party
- The fact that you voted in the Party's primary becomes part of your voting history, but does not affiliate you with that Party nor does it hinder the voter's choices in future elections (primary or general)
- In 2011, precinct changes were made in PWC as a result of the 2010 Census and increase in the County's population: Three new precincts were added and boundary lines adjusted in numerous other precincts
- Other than during the required redistricting after a national Census, precincts have to be changed occasionally to adjust for growth
- When the number of registered voters in a precinct becomes so large that the polling place is overcrowded and lines are long on Election Day, a precinct is split
- Sometimes a polling place becomes unavailable or unusable (accessibility, construction, or security issues) and a new one has to be found
- Following any changes to precincts, New Voter Cards are mailed to all registered voters who are affected to notify them of the change--Please check your Voter Card for new information
- Allow about four weeks to receive your new Voter Card
- Remember that voter registration and updates are closed for the 21 days prior to every election, so if you submit an application during that time it will take longer to get a card
- Once your information has been added to the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS) database, you are considered a registered voter in Prince William County
- Even if you have not yet received a voter card you are able to vote using some other form of ID (see the Virginia ID Requirements)
- Check your registration status on-line, or call our office 703-792-6470 to find your polling place.
I moved and didn’t change my voter registration. Will I still be able to vote?
If the books have not closed for the next election (see the calendar of elections
for this year) submit a change of address either in person, online, by mail, or by fax (see above
). If the books are closed and you are registered at a different address in Virginia,
please call our office at 703-792-6470 to learn if you are still eligible to vote in the upcoming election. The rules about eligibility after moving can be quite complicated and are determined on an individual basis for each election.
How do I cancel my voter registration in Prince William County?
You must submit a written notice including your signature to the Office of Elections in order to cancel your registration. Some states include a cancellation notice with their Voter Registration Application (as Virginia does) so that when you complete an application in another state that cancellation form is forwarded to the appropriate office for action. This process is not always successful.
To cancel your Virginia voter registration:
- Complete the Registration Cancellation Form
- You can send us your Virginia Voter Card with an indication on the back that you want your registration canceled (or you can specify that you’ve moved out of state, for example) sign the card, date it, and mail
- Or, you may write a letter that includes the following information:
◦ Full legal name
◦ Birth date or last four digits of your Social Security Number
◦ Registration address
◦ Your signature and the date
◦ and, the words “cancel my registration”
Manassas, VA 20110-5554
Fax: 703-792-6461 or 703-792-4973
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.