The City of Manassas Voter Registrar’s Office at 9025 Center St
On November 7, 2023, voters in Manassas and Manassas Park will elect a state senator (from new Senate District 30), a state delegate (from new House District 20), and three court-related constitutional officers covering Prince William County and both cities; namely, a commonwealth’s attorney, a sheriff, and a clerk of the circuit court.
Since the Democratic nomination for each of the above offices was uncontested, Manassas and Manassas Park did not hold any state-run Democratic primary election in 2023.
November 7, 2023 General Election
Ensure that you can vote at your regular polling place on Election Day (or vote earlier, either by mail-in ballot or in-person early voting).
Check your Virginia Voter Record
If you have registered to vote in Virginia in the past, verify that you are still registered to vote and that your address is up to date.
Register to Vote
If you have not yet registered to vote in Virginia or if you need to update your address, you must fill out the Virginia Voter Registration Application. You have the following registration options:
• Register online via the Department of Elections website.
• Complete a voter registration application by mail.
• Appear at any voter registration site in Virginia, including the City of Manassas Voter Registrar’s office at 9025 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110, the Manassas Park Voter Registrar’s office at City Hall, One Park Center Court, Manassas Park, VA 20111, or the Prince William County Voter Registrar’s office at 9250 Lee Ave, Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110 .
• Apply for registration while visiting any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
For the November 7, 2023 General Election, the traditional deadline to register to vote or to change your voting address is Monday, October 16, 2023 (in-person, by 5:00 pm; online, by 11:59 pm).
Starting in 2022, however, a new same-day voter registration law allows Virginia citizens to register to vote (in- person only) and cast a provisional ballot after the traditional voter registration deadline, either at the appropriate Voter Registrar’s office (during the remainder of the early voting period) or at the appropriate polling place on Election Day. As long as a person casts only one ballot in that election, their provisional ballot will be automatically counted when the election is certified on the Friday after Election Day.
You must be
• A United States citizen
• A resident of Virginia
• 18 years old by the next general election (17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the next general election may register in advance and may vote in the primary, if any)
• If you have been convicted of a felony or judged to be mentally incapacitated, you must have your rights restored before registering to vote. Visit the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth for information on the rights restoration process.
Several New Virginia Election Laws Took Effect on July 1, 2020
During the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session, the new Democratic majorities in the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate expanded the right of vote significantly. Almost 70 election law bills were passed and signed into law by Governor Northam, the majority of which took effect on July 1, 2020 including:
- No Excuse Absentee (both in-person and by-mail)
- Repeal of the photo requirement to expand the acceptable forms of IDs to vote and allow a voter to sign a statement that she is the registered voter, if she does not have an accepted ID
- Election Day as a State Holiday, replacing Lee-Jackson Day
- Automatic Voter Registration at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
- Absentee By-Mail Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Registrar by noon three days after the Election (previously must be received by the close of polls on Election Day).
Additional election reforms became effective in 2021 or 2022, including the local option of early in-person voting on Sundays (in 2021) and same-day voter registration (in 2022).
Absentee (aka Early) Voting
Registered Virginia voters no longer need to state an excuse to vote absentee, either via mail or in person.
Absentee/Early Voting by Mail
All Virginia voters may request a mail-in absentee ballot long before an election, by either filling out an online application at this portal or downloading and mailing in the paper absentee ballot application. Alternatively, voters may request a mail-in ballot application by contacting the office of their local voter registrar by telephone or email (see links to those offices above). In addition, Virginia voters may now make a one-time selection to be automatically mailed a ballot for every election for which they are qualified to vote, including the primary elections for either the Democratic of Republican Party.
For the November 7, 2023 General Election, the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot sent to you through the mail is Friday, October 27 (by fax or online, by 5:00 pm; by mail, received by 5:00 pm), whereas the deadline to pick up a mail-in absentee ballot at your local registrar’s office is Saturday, November 4 at 5:00 pm.
NOTE: The requirement to obtain a witness signature for your mail-in ballot has (once again) been repealed for the 2023 general election, so you may open “Ballot Envelope A” without any witness present. In addition, the envelope for returning your mail-in ballot is supplied with prepaid first-class postage, so NO added postage is needed to return a mail-in ballot.
When mailing back your ballot or depositing it in a dropbox, BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR COMPLETED BALLOT INSIDE ENVELOPE B AND FILL IN ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED ON THE BACK SIDE OF ENVELOPE B (i.e., clearly print your full name and voting address, sign your name, and print your birth year and the last four digits of your Social Security Number). Then seal Envelope B and place it inside the return envelope (the one with the prepaid postage label). Your vote will not be counted if you do not correctly fill out, sign, and return Envelope B.
You may personally return your ballot to your local Voter Registrar’s Office (or your regular polling place on Election Day) or to a secure ballot drop box outside that office, as an alternative to mailing it back. In any event, we recommend that you promptly return your ballot.
FAQs regarding Vote-By-Mail Ballots in Virginia in *2020* (courtesy of the Democratic Party of Virginia)
NOTE: If you have *any* voting questions–including how to cast a mail-in ballot–please call the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Voter Hotline at 844-4VA-VOTE (844-482-8683) at any time (24/7).
In-Person Early Voting
For the November 7, 2023 General Election, in-person early voting will be available Friday, September 22 through Saturday, November 4. You will complete an application for an election ballot at the office before you are allowed to vote.
For the City of Manassas, in-person early voting is located in the Old Town Hall building, 9025 Center St, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays (excluding the October 9 Columbus Day holiday), beginning 45 days before each election (e.g., from September 22 through November 4 for the November 7, 2023 General Election).
In-person early voting will also be available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the last two Saturdays (October 28 and November 4) before the November 7, 2023 General Election.
The City of Manassas (but not Manassas Park) will also hold 5 hours of early voting on Sunday, October 22, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.
For the City of Manassas Park, in-person early voting is available at City Hall, 100 Park Central Plaza, at the same dates and times as in the City of Manassas, except weekday hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Manassas Park will not hold any Sunday early voting.
Vote on Election Day
To vote on Election Day, you must go to your designated polling place. Polls open at 6 AM and close at 7 PM. If you need a ride to the polls, please contact 571-358-9893 .
The City of Manassas Has Six Precincts
The City of Manassas Park Has Three Precincts
Bring Personal Identification
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of personal identification at the polls, such as a current Virginia Drivers License. Bring that personal ID with you whenever you vote in-person.
Voters arriving at the polls without an acceptable ID will be asked to sign an ID Confirmation Statement that affirms, under penalty of perjury, that they are indeed the registered voter they claim to be. If do you sign that ID statement, you will cast a regular ballot that will be counted automatically, and you need not return with proof of your identity. If you don’t sign that ID statement, your ballot will be provisional and won’t be counted unless you return with proof of your identity before the final vote count is certified.