Voter Registration & Elections

Mission Statement

Our aim is to ensure that each election is administered in a lawful manner and to provide the means by which qualified residents of the city can register to vote in accordance with state law. We strive to uphold the integrity of the election and to create a pleasant voting experience for our citizens here in Portsmouth. In addition, the primary objective of the office is to protect the integrity of the electoral process, improve voter registration, and promote voter education and participation.

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NOTE: Virginia’s voter identification laws have changed. All voters must provide an acceptable form of identification when voting in person. Those who do not have an acceptable ID must either complete an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. This requirement applies both to in person absentee voting before Election Day as well as Election Day voting. Click here for more information.


Voters who have a valid Virginia driver’s license or other DMV ID can now register to vote or update their voter registration directly online through the Department of Elections website. Click here to start. Voters may also print an application from the Department of Elections website, or pick up a paper application at any city post office, library, or any Commonwealth voter registration office.


Online Services

·Register to Vote Online

·Request an Absentee or Early Voting Ballot

·Check Voter Registration Status

·Absentee Voting for Deployed Military and Overseas Citizens

Restoration of Rights

Please click here for more information, or call the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth at (804)692-0104. 

On Election Day, polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Dial 757-394-8228 to send a text message to the registrar's office

Make A Difference...VOTE!