The Chesapeake Voter Registrar’s Office knew 2020 would be a busy year but they had no idea what all it would truly bring. Thankfully, they’re an incredibly dedicated team and they’ve gone above and beyond to make sure that all eligible voters can safely cast their votes. Here’s how you can vote in the next election.
In-Person Early Voting: For the first time, Virginians can vote in person without an excuse before Election Day. In Chesapeake, early voting runs from September 18 through October 31 and will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus Saturday, October 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can early vote at any Chesapeake Public Library branch EXCEPT Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library which is currently closed for renovations.
By Mail: As was the case in the May and June elections, you do not need a reason to vote by mail but you do have to request your ballot. Ballots are not sent out directly to residents, as is done in some other states. Apply for your mail-in ballot no later than October 23 and then return your completed ballot to the Voter Registrar’s office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. There is a drop box at the Voter Registrar's Office, 411 Cedar Rd, where you can personally deliver your ballot if you do not want to put it in the mail.
In-Person Election Day Voting: Traditional Election Day voting is still going to be available at your assigned precinct. Make sure your precinct location hasn’t changed by checking the interactive map at CityofChesapeake.net/Vote before you head to the polls. Hopefully the early voting option will mean there won’t be long lines at the polls on Election Day but keep in mind that if there are, you will likely have to wait outside to accommodate physical distancing so dress for the weather.
One last note - the deadline to register to vote is October 13 so make sure you’re registered! Learn more at CityofChesapeake.net/Vote.