Virginia Dept. of Elections

The Virginia Department of Elections based in the capital city of Richmond is responsible for overseeing elections in Virginia.  Christopher E. “Chris” Piper has been appointed as the Commissioner.

Web elections.virginia.gov
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Email:   info@elections.virginia.gov
Address:  Washington Building, First Floor
1100 Bank Street, Richmond 23219
Number:  (804) 864-8901  Toll Free: (800) 552-9745
Office Hours:  8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

How to run for office

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot

Virginia Elections web pages

These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The board has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office.

About Virginia Elections

We are educators, students, and voters dedicated to creating a non-partisan place for comprehensive elections information and civil engagement between Virginians and those who wish to represent us.

November 6, 2018 Commonwealth General Election

Offices on the ballot:  U.S. Senate (six year term), U.S. House of Representatives (two year term)

June 11, 2019 Commonwealth Primary 

November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election

Offices on the ballot:  State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

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