Voter Registration & Elections
Mission StatementOur 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.
The next election in the City of Portsmouth will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Offices on the ballot will include U.S. President, Vice President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives (3rd District), Mayor, City Council (3) seats, School Board (5) seats, 2 Constitutional Amendments and a local Referendum.
Constitutional Amendment #1
Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to establish a redistricting commission, consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth, that is responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the Governor’s involvement and to give the responsibility of drawing districts to the Supreme Court of Virginia if the redistricting commission fails to draw districts or the General Assembly fails to enact districts by certain deadlines?
Constitutional Amendment #2
Should an automobile or pickup truck that is owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be free from state and local taxation?
Casino Gaming Referendum
Shall casino gaming be permitted at a casino gaming establishment in Portsmouth, Virginia located at 3606 Victory Boulevard and surrounding undeveloped properties called the “Entertainment District” located east of Victory Boulevard, south of Interstate 264, west of McLean Street and north of Greenwood Drive as may be approved by the Virginia Lottery Board.
- The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail is Friday, October 23, 2020.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person is 5 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020.
- The polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
IN-PERSON/NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING STARTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
In-person/No Excuse Absentee Voting will begin Friday, September 18, 2020. Voting will take place at City Hall in the lobby area outside of the Registrar’s Office located at 801 Crawford Street, First Floor from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except Holiday’s. The last day to vote in-person No-Excuse Absentee Voting is Saturday, October, 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. Saturday voting hours are as follows: October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Please note *City Hall is closed and will only be open for voting.
We respectfully request that voters who vote in person bring a valid voter identification, wear a face covering or mask, practice social distancing and exercise patience. Thanks for your understanding.
VOTER ID REQUIREMENT
NOTE: Virginia’s voter identification laws have changed. All voters must provide an acceptable form of identification when voting in person. Those who do not have an acceptable ID must either complete an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. This requirement applies both to in person absentee voting before Election Day as well as Election Day voting. In additional to photo ID, acceptable forms of ID now include voter confirmation documents, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, pay check, or other government document with the voter’s name and address. For details on acceptable ID’s please visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/formswarehouse/voter-id/outreach-materials/documents/EditedVoter-Identification-Chart-07.2020.pdf
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION
Voters who have a valid Virginia driver’s license or other DMV ID can now register to vote or update their voter registration directly online at www.elections.virginia.gov. Paper applications are available online at www.elections.virginia.gov, at city post offices and all Virginia Voter Registration Offices.
On Election Day, polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.