Voting in the City of Bristol

Be Ready to Vote! Register online if you currently have a Virginia driver's license or Virginia Identification card or print and mail your voter registration application to the local registrar or Virginia Department of Elections.  

View your registration status and make updates to your voter record if your information has changed.  Contact the Bristol Office of Voter Registration if you have questions about your eligibility.

The Next General Election is May 1, 2018

Notice of Election

Military and Overseas Voter Information

 The following offices are up for election:  City Council - 3 seats
                                                                  School Board - 3 seats
Candidate List - The candidate list is updated as candidates file.  The deadline to file is March 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. 

Qualifications To Run for Office  Code of VA 24.2-500 
  • Must have been a resident of VA for one year preceding the election date
  • Must be qualified to vote for the office for which you are running
Candidate packets are available from The Office of Voter Registration or may be downloaded
at  The deadline to file all qualifying paperwork is March 6, 2018 by
7:00 p.m.

Ballot order for candidates running as independents is determined by the date and time all qualifying paperwork is filed.  The time stamp of the petition page containing the final qualified signature will serve as the final record provided all other paperwork has been filed. 

Important Dates
After Jan 1         Candidates packets available at the Office of Voter Registration
February 19       Office of Voter Registration CLOSED for President's Day
March 6              7 p.m. Deadline to file candidate paperwork for May 1 General Election
March 16            Absentee voting begins for May 1; open M - F from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April 9                 Deadline to Register to Vote 5 p.m.
April 24               Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail
April 28               Saturday - Office is open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
May 1                 ELECTION DAY - Polls are open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m
May 2                 Electoral Board meets to canvass the vote at 10 a.m. Room 103
                           City Hall, 300 Lee Street
The office will be open for absentee voting with the exception of the posted holidays,
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.and on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m.  

Restoration of Voting Rights Information





Photo ID Required for Commonwealth of Virginia Elections

An accepted form of a photo identification will be required to vote in person.

Accepted forms include: Virginia Driver's license
                                           Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
                                           Federal government-issued photo ID
                                           Virginia government-issued photo ID 
                                           Student ID from a Virginia Institution
                                           United States Passport
                                           Employee photo ID
                                           Virginia Voter Photo ID (Obtained from the registrar)
Only one form of ID is required. The Voter Registration Office is equipped to make a FREE
photo ID if you do not have one. Please contact the office at 276-645-7318 or stop by the office weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
For more information on registering to vote,elections, or becoming a candidate visit the Virginia Department of Elections.

Election Forms
Virginia Absentee Ballot Application
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) For military and overseas voters
View, Register or Update your Voter Registration You may do this online if you have
a DMV issued driver's license or DMV identification card
Voter Registration Application Printable version