Old Dominion

Sic semper tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)


2,818,316 absentee ballots were cast in Virginia’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 4,460,524 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 81.48%. The state swung heavily for President Joe Biden, who won its 13 electoral votes with 54.1% of the popular vote. Virginia has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 2008.

Virginia has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 100 delegates. The legislative sessions are held annually staring the second Wednesday in January – lasting 60 in even-numbered years and 30 days in odd-numbered ones, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2019. Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam (D), is not eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse requiredNo Change HB1888


Removes the restriction that a person may not vote by mail for one's first election.
AutomaticNo No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineNoon the Saturday before any election.Extended to 2:00 the day before election day.No Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Virginia averages a 52% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.