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Registering and Voting FAQs

In-person & Early Voting
In-person voting information
How do I register to vote?
Where do I go to vote?

EARLY VOTING:

  • In-person early voting opened Sept. 18 and continues through the end of October.  
  • City of Williamsburg voters may cast their ballots at the Registrar's Office (in Municipal Building, 401 Lafayette St.), Mondays - Fridays and two Saturdays (Oct. 23 & 30) from 8:00am - 4:30pm.
  • To vote curbside at the Municipal Building, call 757-220-6157. 
  • James City County voters may vote early at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road, between 8 and 5 pm Mondays - Fridays and Saturdays, October 23 & 30.

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY:

  • The City of Williamsburg fire station will NOT be used as a drive-thru polling location on Nov. 2.
  • Almost all of campus votes at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.  Matoaka Precinct voters will enter and exit through the parking lot entrance.  
  • If you live in Brown Hall, Richmond Hall, Sorority Court or Tribe Square, vote at the Community Building.  Stryker Precinct voters will enter through the main door and exit through a separate door.  
  • You can also find your polling place after you have registered.
How do I find information on the candidates?
  • Utilize non-partisan resources, such as Ballotpedia and Vote 411, to find unbiased information on all of the candidates.
  • Be sure to view a sample ballot before election day so you know what to expect. View a sample ballot on Ballotpedia.
What do I do on election day?
  • Set aside about 20-30 minutes out of your day to vote.
  • Make sure to bring a valid ID, such as your drivers license or W&M ID.
  • The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line before 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
 Absentee Voting
Absentee voting information
How do I register to vote?
How do I request a ballot?
How do I cast my vote?
  • Review instructions for mailing your ballot on the "Instructions for Voting an Absentee Ballot" sheet, included in your envelope.
  • Be sure to mail in your ballot AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and by November 2nd. It must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 5.
  • Absentee ballots can also be returned to a dropbox outside the front doors of the Municipal Building (401 Lafayette St.)
  • Check to see whether your ballot has been counted.
  • If you decide that you'd rather vote in person (early or on Election Day) after requesting an absentee ballot, bring your ballot in its envelope to the in-person voting location; you may trade it for a regular ballot.