Democratic Primary June 8, 2021
Early Voting Begins April 23, 2021
Election Day November 2, 2021
Early Voting Begins September 17, 2021
In order to vote, you need to be registered to vote at your current (Lake Frederick) address. Even if you’ve voted before, in Virginia or some other state, you need to make sure that your information is current. You have some choices about how to do this. Normally, the easiest way for most people to register to vote in Virginia is to do so while getting their Virginia driver’s license. However, due to COVID-related closures, this may not be possible. Fortunately, it’s still easy to register to vote. You can register to vote online by going to vote.elections.virginia.gov and clicking on either the “Register to Vote” button or the “Check Registration Status” button, depending on which you need. Follow the prompts. You can also register to vote by mail. LFDI has paper forms that you can fill out and mail to the registrar. Get in touch with your Street Captain and we’ll make sure you get a form. You can also register to vote in person. Bowman Library has some Saturday voter registration events. You can call the library at (540) 869-9000 for exact dates and times.
There are 3 ways to vote. Which option you decide upon should be based on your comfort level given all of the recent voting changes and the COVID pandemic.
In-person ON Election Day
You can go to the polls on Election Day,
In-person BEFORE Election Day
Thanks to our Democratic legislature, you no longer need an excuse to vote early. Any registered voter may vote early.
Vote By Mail
If you don’t want to vote in person, you can vote by mail. Thanks to our Democratic legislature, you do not need any excuse. Any registered voter can vote by mail.
Click on the "Learn More" button below for details, pros and cons, and FAQs on each option above
During this Spring’s legislative session, the Virginia Legislature passed several laws designed to make it easier for Virginians to vote. These laws will go into effect on July 1, 2020, and will govern the 2020 Fall election. Over the next few months, LFDI will be presenting detailed information on these changes. Here’s a quick overview of the major legislative changes.
LFDI is here to help! Contact us for answers to your questions.
This Fall, registered Voters in Virginia will be able to vote by mail—no excuses needed! Election Day is November 3rd, but you can vote by mail beginning on September 12th, which is the date the registrar will begin mailing ballots to voters that have requested mail-in ballots. But why should you vote by mail? Let’s count the ways.
First, voting by mail is convenient. You request your ballot, get it in the mail, fill it out, and mail it back. No driving to the polls. No standing in line. If the weather’s bad on Election Day, you can stay inside and relax. If something comes up, no worries. You’ll have already cast your vote.
Second, voting by mail allows you to be fully informed. Sure, you probably already know who’s going to get your vote for the major offices. But what about the county Board of Supervisors, or the Board of Education, or Sheriff, or the Clerk of the Court, or any of a number of other offices? What about the referendum questions? When you vote by mail, you can take your time, pour a cup of coffee, whip out your laptop, and do your research.
Third, voting by mail is safe and secure. The US Mail is safely used to mail tax refunds, social security checks, prescription drugs, and passports. Members of our Armed Services (and their families) have been voting by mail since the Civil War. Virginians have been voting by mail for years. (The only difference is that now you won’t need an excuse to vote by mail—everyone can do it.) The Brennan Center for Justice reports that, in 2016, 23% of all ballots cast were cast by mail, and in 2018, 26% of all ballots cast were mail-in ballots. A number of states—Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado —will conduct their entire elections by mail. In fact, President Trump recently voted by mail.
Voter fraud—regardless of the type of ballot—is extremely rare. The Hill reports that over the past 20 years, about 250 million votes have been cast by mail nationally. During that time, there were only 143 convictions for fraudulent use of absentee ballots. That means that across the 50 states, there have been an average of 3 cases per state. That’s about 0.00006 percent of total votes cast.
Fourth, voting by mail is good citizenship. Long lines make it very difficult for people to vote. Working people, people with children, people with physical disabilities—lots of people can’t stand in long lines waiting to vote. LFDI volunteers watched people get out of line and go home last year when Sherando ran out of ballots and lines stretched out the door. When you vote by mail, you make the line that much shorter for everyone else.
Fifth—and this may be most important of all—voting by mail is the safest thing to do during the pandemic. You can vote without endangering your health or the health of poll workers and other voters. No need to wear a mask, try to stay 6 feet away from everyone else, or to clean your hands after touching the same table, pen, and scanning machine that hundreds of others have touched. You can do your civic duty and never leave home. (Closer to time, we’ll remind you that you can even buy stamps online and have them delivered to your mailbox.)
Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, healthy, and good citizenship. You can plan now to vote by mail in this Fall’s election.Questions? LFDI is here to help. Email us at email@example.com.