Suffolk Votes

November 8, 2022, General Election

  • US House of Representatives
  • Suffolk City Council for Cypress, Chuckatuck, Holy Neck, and Suffolk boroughs
  • Suffolk School Board for Cypress, Chuckatuck, Holy Neck, and Suffolk boroughs

Register to Vote

  • The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 17, 2022, for the November 8, 2022, General Election
  • Register online at the Virginia Department of Elections' Citizen Portal. To use the Citizen Portal you will need a Virginia Drivers License or State ID
  • Register in-person at the Suffolk Registrar's Office, 440 Market St. You do not need ID to register in-person.

At the Virginia Department of Elections' Citizen Portal you can:

  • Register to vote or update your registration
  • Apply to vote absentee by mail
  • Find your polling place

Who is eligible to vote in Virginia?

  • If you are 17 but will turn 18 by November 8, 2022, you can still register to vote.
  • If you have lost your right to vote you must apply for restoration of rights first, before you can register.

After you have submitted your registration form, you will receive an information card with the location of your polling place. If you do not receive correspondence in the mail confirming your registration status, check online at the Citizen Portal or contact the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, (757) 514-7750.

Restoration of Rights

  • Any person convicted of a felony loses their right to vote in Virginia, but that right can be restored by the Governor of Virginia.
  • If a person is no longer incarcerated and no longer under probation or parole, they can apply for restoration of rights through the Secretary of the Commonwealth. For more information contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Restoration Department at (804) 692-0104.
  • You must have your rights restored before you can register to vote.
  • Under ordinary circumstances restoration of rights can take 30-45 days. Due to COVID-19, the process may take longer than normal.

Casting a Ballot

Where do I go to vote?

What identification do I need to vote?

  • Virginia law requires voters show an acceptable form of ID to vote. You can still cast a provisional ballot if you do not have ID. Some common forms of ID include:
  • Virginia driver's license
  • DMV issued ID
  • US Passport
  • Government-issued ID card
  • Student ID 
  • Veterans ID
  • Tribal enrollment ID (if one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia)
  • Virginia voter ID card
  • Utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck with name and address of the voter

Can't make it election day?

In-person absentee voting 

  • Vote early in-person at the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, 440 Market Street, behind City Hall. 
  • Early voting opens September 23 and closes November 5, 2022.
  • Poll hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, plus the last two Saturdays before the election, October 29 and November 5.
  • You do not need to have a reason or make an appointment to vote early in person. You must be registered to vote, and be able to provide your name, address, and show an acceptable form of ID to receive a ballot.
  • Social distancing procedures will be in place.
  • Call the Suffolk Voter Registration Office (757) 514-7750 for more information.

Voting by mail

  • Absentee voting by mail begins September 23, 2022
  • To request a mail-in ballot visit the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
  • US Postal Service standard of delivery for first-class mail is 2-9 days. There is not a postmark deadline, instead ballots must be received at the voting precinct by 12:00pm November 5, 2022, or they will not be counted. Request your mail-in ballot as early as possible or vote in-person absentee. 

Dropping off a mail-in ballot

  • You can drop off mail-in ballot at the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, North Suffolk Library, or Suffolk Executive Airport.
  • This option is available at the same times as in-person absentee voting (see above)
  • You can only drop off your own ballot.

Read the Suffolk Voter Registration Office's Myths About Absentee Voting.

For more information visit the Suffolk Registrar's website.

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