Voter Registration & Elections

                             AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Eligible Virginians who submit a voter registration application or update an existing voter registration record in any of the following methods may participate in the 2016 November General and Special Elections:

In-person to our office--City Hall building, 801 Crawford Street, First Floor--by 5:00pm on
Friday, October 21st
By mail postmarked on or before
Friday, October 21st
Online at through 11:59pm on Friday, October 21st
• To an NVRA designated state agency, such as the DMV or Social Services office, by Friday, October 21st.

Currently registered Virginia voters and eligible Virginians that have already submitted a registration application do not need to take any additional action.

Mission Statement

Our aim is to ensure that each election is administered in a lawful manner and to provide the means by which qualified residents of the city can register to vote in accordance with state law. We strive to uphold the integrity of the election and to create a pleasant voting experience for our citizens here in Portsmouth. In addition, the primary objective of the office is to protect the integrity of the electoral process, improve voter registration, and promote voter education and participation.

November 8, 2016, General and Special Elections

On Election Day, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Voters must  present a valid form of photo identification on Election Day. Visit for a complete list. FREE photo ID cards are available through the Office of the General Registrar for voters who do not have valid photo identification.
  • Friday, September 23: In-Person Absentee Voting Begins
  • Monday, October 17: Voter Registration Deadline - In Person: 5:00 p.m.; Online: 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29: Office Open for In-Person Absentee Voting: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 1: Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail, Fax, Email or Online: 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5: Office Open for Final Day for In-Person Absentee Voting: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 8: Election Day; Absentee Ballot Must Be Returned to Office by 7:00 p.m.

What's On My Ballot?

Click on the link below to view the sample ballot for the November 8, 2016, General and Special Elections

Absentee Voting

for Deployed Military and Overseas Citizens

 Please visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

To check you voter registration information or request an absentee ballot online please visit

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