Voting in Virginia

Registering to Vote

In order to vote in Virginia, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Resident of Virginia (temporary residents are not considered Virginia residents, residency must be established.)
  • United States Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older, or be age 18 by election day
  • Do not claim the right to vote in any other state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, you must have had your rights restored by the Governor

Voter Registration & Deadlines

You may register to vote at any time throughout the year.  However, to vote in a particular general election, you must be registered by 21 days before the election.  The deadlines for primary and special elections vary depending upon the timetables set for those elections.  Applications are available at many governmental offices such as the DMV, Post Office, courthouses, etc.  You may also register online or print out a Virginia voter registration application from the Virginia Department of Elections web site at

Absentee Voting

Virginia offers no-excuse absentee voting.  You may vote absentee in-person beginning approximately 45 days before the election during regular business hours at your local elections office up until the close of business on the Saturday before the election. You may also request an absentee ballot be sent to you by mail. All voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.  To find out the details, apply online, or print an application for an absentee ballot, visit the Virginia Department of Elections web site at  or contact your local voter registration office.

Voting in Smyth County

For information on the registration process, or voting in Smyth County, contact the General Registrar’s Office at:

General Registrar of Voters
Smyth County Office Building
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 422
Marion, Virginia  24354
Phone:  (276) 706-8331
Web Site:

Smyth County Voting Locations & Precincts

Click Here for information on the voting locations and precincts of Smyth County.