Voting in Virginia 2022 Midterms

Election Day is right around the corner, and the stakes could not be higher. This November’s midterm elections will determine who holds the majority in Congress, and the politicians that Virginian voters elect to the House of Representatives will be making decisions that will influence our daily lives for years to come.

We’ve come this far because our communities are united and resilient, and we’re asking you to show up for each other again this election. Together, we are powerful and can make our voices heard.

Learn how you can make a difference and make a plan to vote using our checklist below!

Checklist: Are you ready to vote?

Register to vote or check your current registration status

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Find your district & learn who and what’s on the ballot

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Plan how and when you will vote

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Tell your friends and family to vote!

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9/23

First day to vote early in-person

11/5

Last day to vote early in-person

11/8

Election Day

Register to vote or update your voter registration!

Update your voter registration if you have moved or changed your name.

The deadline to register to vote or update your voter information is October 17.

If you don’t have a Virginia driver’s license or state-issued ID, register either:

After submitting your voter registration, you should receive a notification in the mail confirming your registration status. If you do not receive one, check your voter record online or contact your local registrar office to make sure that your application has been processed.

U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives is one of Congress’s two chambers and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. This position is up for election every two years. The number of representatives from each state is determined by the population of the state, and Virginia has 11 House seats.

Responsibilities include:

  • Meets with constituents, listen to their concerns, and advocate for their best interests
  • Makes and passes federal laws on matters including education, healthcare, social services, and public safety
  • Introduces all revenue-raising bills
  • Initiates impeachment proceedings against a president or other federal officer
  • Elects the president if the electoral college is tied

Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to vote by mail to ensure physical distancing, or to vote early to avoid long lines on Election Day. Learn about the different voting options, decide which is best for you, and make sure you are prepared to make your voice heard!

Vote By Mail

(Absentee Ballot)

Apply for your absentee ballot, either:

The deadline to apply for your absentee ballot is 5pm on October 29.

Follow all instructions to fill out your ballot accurately.

  • Make sure you have all the signatures required on the outside of the envelope, including a witness signature.

Return your ballot, either:

  • By mail – in your mailbox or at a post office; OR
  • Secure drop-boxes – find locations on your city or county’s voting site; OR
  • In-person – at your local registrar office before 7pm on Nov 8

REMINDERS:

  • Any registered voter can vote absentee for any reason.
  • All mail-in ballots are trackable. Track your ballot at hamkaecenter.org/vote.
  • Request and return your ballot as soon as possible to avoid mail delays!

Vote Early In-Person

Visit your local registrar office from Sept 23 to Nov 5.

Bring an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement.

  • You are required to show one form of identification but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable IDs include any government document that shows your name and address, or a bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck. Find a complete list of acceptable IDs here.
  • If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you will be allowed to vote if you sign a statement affirming your identity.

REMINDERS:

  • You do not need to fill out an application or have a reason to vote early in-person.
  • If you need language assistance, it is your right to bring someone (e.g. family, friend, neighbor) into the voting booth with you, as long as they are not your employer or your union representative.

Vote on Election Day

Visit your polling location on Tuesday, Nov 8 between 6am and 7pm.

  • Anyone in line by 7pm will be allowed to vote.

Bring an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement.

  • You will need to show one form of identification but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable IDs include any government document that shows your name and address, or a bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck. Find a complete list of acceptable IDs here.
  • If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you will be allowed to vote if you sign a statement affirming your identity.

REMINDER: If you need language assistance, it is your right to bring someone (e.g. family, friend, neighbor) into the voting booth with you, as long as they are not your employer or your union representative.

I Vote Because… 1:41

Hamkae Center staff and community members share why we vote!

WE ARE VOTERS 2:39

We asked new, young voters across Virginia why people like them should vote.

Get Involved

Interested in promoting civic engagement in your community? We’re in need of volunteers for the following activities:

Exit Polling

Have Questions?
Need Help Voting?

Call the following hotlines:

Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, & Bengali: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)