What you need to know to vote in the upcoming Democratic Primary election

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 19:07:33-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— The deadline to register for the March 3 Democratic Presidential Primary in Virginia is Monday, February 10.

There are 3 ways to register: Online, by mail or in person.

To register online, just head to the Virginia Department of Elections. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

“If you do not have an ID through the DMV, it will not allow you to register online,“ says Chesapeake Registrar Mary Lynn Pinkerman. If that is the case, then you would need to do it by mail or in person with another valid form of ID.

You can use the same website to find out if you are registered and make sure your information is up to date.

“If you’ve had an address change, a name change - anything that would affect your registration - all those changes need to be made by the 10th,” says Pinkerman.

If you need to register in person, head to the registrar's office in your city before 5 p.m. on Monday.

“We also offer registration forms in our [Chesapeake] libraries and they’ll transport the application to our office for you,” says Pinkerman.

If you’re mailing it in, you’ll need to have your registration application postmarked by Monday.

Absentee voting is already underway, so if you’re in college, at work or have 18 other approved reasons to vote absentee you can get that done now.

In-person absentee voting ends February 29 at 5 p.m.

To request an absentee ballot by mail you’ll need to get that done by February 25.