Election Day is Tuesday and for those who have still not cast their ballot, it’s the last chance to make your voice heard in this election. Here’s what you should expect on Election Day and the days following.
Voting will take place at your precinct on Election Day. It’s not going to be available at the satellite locations like it has been for early voting (unless that library happens to be your assigned precinct). Make sure your precinct hasn’t changed by using our interactive lookup tool at CityofChesapeake.net/Vote or call the Voter Registrar’s Office at 277-9797.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come prepared to wait and dress for the weather. Space inside the precincts is limited and you will not be allowed to wait inside if the weather is bad. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. Don’t forget to wear your mask.
The most important thing we ask from everyone is patience. We sent out a record breaking number of absentee ballots this year (over 27,000). As of October 22, the Voter Registrar’s office had already received 16,518 of those ballots back. Compare that to the 2016 election when the total number of absentee ballots returned either by mail or in person was 5,560. The absentee vote tally does not start until after the polls close. Election results from the City of Chesapeake will not be finalized on Election Day night and in fact could take a full week to be completed. Please have patience as we work to ensure that every vote is properly counted.