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2016 Election Dates for Arlington

November 1 at 5:PM Deadline to apply for absentee ballots

November 5 at 5:PM Deadline for In-Person absentee voting

November 8 from 6:AM - 7:PM General Election: President, US Congress, County Board, School Board, 2 Virginia State Constitutional Amendments, and 4 Proposed County Bonds

November 8 by 7:PM Absentee Ballots MUST be received

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LWV Voter Guide

Vote411 is the League's voter information service. In the run-up to a General Election, you will find our Candidates Guide here. During the rest of the year, you will find links to information about your elected officials, your polling place, and your registration status.

2015 Report on Voter Registration at Virginia Social Services Offices

Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, social services agencies are required to make available voter registration forms. The League of Women Voters of Virginia, working with local Leagues, monitors implementation of this law. The most recent report, from May 2015, is here.

As applications for TANF (welfare assistance) and SNAP (food assistance) are increasingly submitted online, monitoring the law's effectiveness has become more difficult. In 2012 and 2013, we found a big drop-off in registrations originating in social services offices. This decline is attributable to two factors: 1) the difficulty in tracing voter registrations to online social services applications applications, and 2) a true underlying drop resulting from the lack of face-to-face interaction around voter registration.

LWV Election Monitoring (Washington Post)

Read about how the League of Women Voters of Arlington and other groups was out in force on Election Day 2014 to help voters deal with the new (unnecessary) Photo ID law.

And, as the Post notes, "Voters who show up to the polls without acceptable identification will be allowed to vote by provisional, or paper, ballot. However, such votes will be counted only if voters go to the official register in their county or city travel before noon Nov. 7 to present proper ID or apply there for a photo ID."

If you have a problem voting, you can get help!

Election Protection Hotline

Anyone with a question or concern about registration or voting can contact the hotline. Hotline volunteers answer and respond to a range of questions--from how and where to register, to where a polling location is, to clarifying voter ID requirements and obtaining an ID, to difficulties or electioneering at the polls. Additional information is on the website at

Election Protection hotlines include:

1-866-OUR-VOTE (Administered by the Lawyers' Committee), which will be live starting on September 23rd during business hours 9:30 AM-5:30 PM Eastern, M-F

  • Evening hours will be added closer to the election as volume increases as well as weekends.
  • Voters can leave a message that will be returned within 1-2 business days

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Administered by NALEO), live 8 AM-8 PM Pacific, M-F
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Hours will expand closer to the election

1-888-API-VOTE (Administered by AAJC & APIA Vote).
  • Assistance in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali (may add Urdu, Hindi and Tagalog)
  • Voter can leave a message that will be returned

  • ** The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Through its state of the art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), its website, and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, it provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted. The coalition includes more than 100 local, state and national partners, including the League of Women Voters.

Expired ID's at the Polls

The State Board of Elections has ruled that photo ID's that have expired more than 12 months before an election cannot be used to verify a voter's identity at the polls. For more information, see the League of Women Voters of Virginia's statement.

Election Administration: Virginia's Strengths and Challenges

The Virginia League held a fascinating panel discussion with local election officials on the challenges of election administration in our state. Here is the report and a cover note from LWVVA president Anne Sterling to the General Assembly.

High School Registration

Interested in registering high school students? Contact us: