Voter Registration & Elections

Be ready to vote! Register online if you currently have a Virginia driver’s license or Virginia Identification card, otherwise, you will have the option to print a voter registration application. Mail the completed and signed application to our office or to the Virginia Department of Elections.

View your registration status and make updates to your voter record if your information has changed. Contact our office if you have questions about your eligibility.

Public Service Announcement Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Absentee Voting for the Nov. 3, 2020 General and Special Election

vote at home

Ballots for the November election will begin to be issued at the end of September.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all James City County Voters to Vote from Home by absentee ballot. Here are your options for obtaining an application or making your request:

  • If you have a Virginia issued DMV I.D., complete an absentee application online.
    Visit Follow the prompts for requesting an absentee ballot. Please note the instructions regarding social distancing for your selections when choosing an absentee option and absentee reason.
  • Or print, complete and sign a paper absentee application. Return by mail to: JCC Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 5300 Palmer Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188, by fax at 757-259-4945, or by scanned attachment email: You are required to ensure the completed application reaches this office.
  • Or call 757-259-4949 and request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you. Applications may also be printed from the link below.


Sample Ballots (links below)

To be available and posted on or before Sept. 18.

Office Information

In-Person Absentee Voting Location (Sept. 18 – Nov. 3 ONLY), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Mailing and Voter Registration/Elections Main Office (No In-Person Absentee Voting)

5300 Palmer Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188


All applications must be signed and dated. Review your application carefully before submitting to this office.

Important Dates & Deadlines for the Nov. 3, 2020 General and Special Election

Begin absentee voting: 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Mon-Fri  Fri., Sept. 18
Final day to register/update information Tue., Oct. 13
Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you BY 5 p.m. EST Fri., Oct. 23
Final day to vote absentee: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 31
Election Day: Polls are open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., Nov. 3

We urge you to follow us on Facebook at James City County or on Twitter @JamesCityCounty for up to the minute changes as they happen.

Deadlines for absentee voting

Tuesday, Oct. 27 - This is the last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You may fax or email your application as an attachment, or send it by postal mail to the elections office. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Saturday, Oct. 31 - This is the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person at 5300 Palmer Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The office will be open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. A photo ID is required.

2020 Election Schedule

The polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on June 23, 2020. A photo ID is required when voting on Election Day.

Nov. 3, 2020

  • Presidential and Special Election

View our precincts listing to find all James City County polling locations and district information.

About the Director of Elections

The Director of Elections registers voters and updates records of voters for changes of address and administers elections with the Electoral Board, whose primary responsibility is to oversee the elections. The Director is appointed by the Electoral Board, whose members are appointed by the Circuit Court Judge for 3-year staggered terms. Two members represent the political party receiving the most votes in the last gubernatorial election and 1 member represents the party receiving the second-highest votes.