Election preview + how to vote in Richmond

See what’s on the ballot, when and how to vote, and important information for Election Day in the River City

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Election Day is Nov. 5, 2024. Here’s our guide on how to cast your vote and what’s on the ballot.

🗓 Important dates

Mark these days in your calendar.

March 5 Presidential Primary Election

  • Friday, Jan. 19 | In-person early voting starts
  • Monday, Feb. 12 | Deadline to register to vote or update registration*
  • Friday, Feb. 23 | Deadline to ask for a ballot to be mailed to you
  • Saturday, March 2 | Last day of in-person early voting
  • Tuesday, March 5 | Election Day

June 18 Primary Election

  • Friday, May 3 | In-person early voting starts
  • Tuesday, May 28 | Deadline to register to vote or update registration*
  • Friday, June 7 | Deadline to ask for a ballot to be mailed to you
  • Saturday, June 15 | Last day of in-person early voting
  • Tuesday, June 18 | Election Day

Nov. 5 General Election

  • Friday, Sept. 20 | In-person early voting starts
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 | Deadline to register to vote or update registration*
  • Friday, Oct. 25 | Deadline to ask for a ballot to be mailed to you
  • Saturday, Nov. 2 | Last day of in-person early voting
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 | Election Day

*Important: You can actually register all the way up through Election Day, but you’ll have to vote using a provisional ballot if you miss the deadline.

💻 Get registered

Virginians can register to vote on the Citizen Portal of the Virginia Dept. of Elections website. You’ll need a valid Virginia driver’s license or a state ID card to register.

Pro tip: If you are 17, you can register and vote in primary elections if you will be 18 before the general election.

Not sure if you’re registered? Check your status on the Citizen Portal. Once you input your information, it’ll tell you your status, precinct, and district information.

🗳️ How to vote

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Check with the city’s Office of Elections to see your voting location.

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Registered voters can cast their ballot early in-person starting 45 days before Election Day. Go to your local registrar’s office — for Richmond, that’s 2134 W. Laburnum Ave. — to vote early.

Richmonders can also vote early at City Hall and Hickory Hill Community Center. Check the hours for early voting before you head out.

Find your polling place to vote on Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Bring an acceptable form of ID to vote.

What’s on the ballot

This year’s elections include races for the President, US Senate, US House, Mayor of Richmond, Richmond City Council, and Richmond School Board. To see what elections you’ll be voting in, check your district.

Several candidates have filed paperwork to run for Mayor.

  • Garrett Sawyer
  • Michelle Mosby
  • Chris Hilbert
  • Maurice Neblett
  • Andreas Addison