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November 3, 2020 General Election
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Manassas and Manassas Park voters will help elect a U.S. President and Vice President, a U.S. Senator, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, the voters in each city will elect a mayor and three City Council members for their city, and City of Manassas voters will also elect four School Board members. Finally, two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution are also on the ballot.
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 3, 2020 General Election, the deadline to register to vote or change your address is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
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 for the November 3 General Election
During the 2020 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 the Governor, the majority of which took effect on July 1st, 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 will take effect in 2021 or later or are pending reenactment in 2021.
Registered Virginia voters no longer need to state an excuse to vote absentee, either via mail or in person.
Absentee Voting by Mail
All Virginia voters may request a mail-in absentee ballot up to 12 months prior to 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 an absentee ballot application by contacting the office of their local voter registrar by telephone or email (see links to those offices above).
For the November 3, 2020 General Election, the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot by mail is Friday, October 23 at 5:00 pm, whereas the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot in person is Saturday, October 30 at 5:00 pm.
NOTE: The requirements to obtain a witness signature and to affix a first-class return postage stamp on the envelopes for returning your mail-in ballot have both been waived for the current election. Feel free to ignore any conflicting or ambiguous directives for those two items.
However, BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR COMPLETED BALLOT INSIDE ENVELOPE B AND COMPLETE THE STATEMENT PRINTED ON ENVELOPE B (carefully print and sign your full name, and enter your mailing address). 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 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) as an alternative to mailing it back, but we recommend that you promptly return your ballot.
FAQs regarding Vote-By-Mail Ballots in Virginia (courtesy of the Democratic Party of Virginia)
YouTube video on how to complete a Virginia mail-in ballot (some depicted details appear different from Manassas and Manassas Park).
In-Person Absentee/Early Voting
For the November 3, 2020 General Election, in-person absentee voting will be available Friday, September 18 through Saturday, October 31. You will complete an application for an absentee ballot at the office before you are allowed to vote.
For the City of Manassas, in-person absentee voting is located in the Old Town Hall building, 9025 Center St, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays (including Columbus Day), beginning 45 days before each election (e.g., from September 18 through October 31 for the November 3, 2020 General Election).
In-person absentee voting will also be available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the last Saturday before each primary and the last two Saturdays (October 24 and October 31) before the November 3, 2020 General Election.
For the City of Manassas Park, in-person absentee voting is available at City Hall, One Park Center Ct, at the same dates and times, except weekday hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
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 starting in 2017, including a new precinct at Round Elementary School:
In March 2017, the Manassas Registrar of Voters mailed a letter to every registered voter in the City Manassas that indicates their current polling place..
Also starting in 2017, voting in the City of Manassas will be on paper ballots that will be scanned and recorded on new optical scanning machines. Manassas Park has used this voting method for several years.
Manassas Park has three precincts *:
* Important note for Manassas Park residents: Since Manassas Park has introduced a third precinct in 2015, many Manassas Park residents must now vote at the new polling place at City Hall. All registered voters in Manassas Park should have received an updated Voter Registration Card in the mail in 2015 from the Manassas Park Registrar, stating your current voting location. You can confirm your polling place here or contact the Manassas Park Registrar of Voters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-335-8806.
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. View the list of acceptable forms of ID and bring your personal ID with you on Election Day. Voters arriving to the polls without an acceptable ID will be required to sign a statement affirming that they are indeed the registered voter.
Virginia’s personal ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person in all elections.