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Director of Elections

Derek Lyall

P: (276) 676-6227
F: (276) 676-6200
E: vote@washcova.com
Office Location:
1 Government Center Pl, Suite A
Abingdon VA, 24210
Mailing Address: PO Box 37, Abingdon, VA 24212
Office Hours:
M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Office of the General Voter Registrar

The Office of the General Voter Registrar of Washington County strives to promote the highest level of service to its citizens by providing equitable opportunities to register and vote; and by maintaining accurate records relating to voter registration, elections, and candidates. The Registrar and County Electoral Board are committed to providing each citizen the opportunity to exercise his or her right to vote in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Code of Virginia thus ensuring fair and impartial elections. The General Voter Registrar is appointed by the Washington County Electoral Board, composed of three members appointed by a majority of the circuit judges of the 28th Judicial Circuit of which Washington County is part.

Electoral Board appointments are based on representation of the two political parties having the highest and next highest number of votes in the Commonwealth of Virginia for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election. Two electoral board members shall be of the political party that cast the highest number of votes for Governor at that election. Electoral Board members serve three-year terms and are also responsible for the appointment of officers of elections.

Upcoming 2020 Election Information

The deadline to register to vote or update your address is October 13.  Submit an online voter registration application now (https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/Registration/DmvLookup).

Submit an electronic request for a mail ballot. (https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/absentee)
To request that a paper absentee by mail application be mailed to you, send an email to vote@washcova.com.
The deadline for our office to receive an application for a mail ballot is at 5 pm on October 23, 2020.
Once a voter is ready to return their mail ballot, they may:
· Mail it to our office at PO Box 37, Abingdon, Virginia 24212
· Return it by commercial delivery service to the Washington County Department of Elections, 1 Government Center Place, Suite A, Abingdon, VA 24210.
· Hand deliver their ballot the Washington County Department of Elections, 1 Government Center Place, Suite A on the 2nd Floor, Abingdon, VA 24210 during normal business hours.
· Deposit their ballot in the secure ballot drop box located at the rear of the Washington County Government Center Building (follow the signs for early voting) at 1 Government Center Place, Suite A, Abingdon, VA 24210

To check the status of your application or your mail ballot, login to your voter record (https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/status).

Voters no longer must have an excuse to vote before Election Day.  Early voting is open to all registered voters!

Early voting will begin on September 18 at our office on the 2nd floor of the Washington County Government Center Building, 1 Government Center Place, Abingdon, VA 24210.  We will be open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  We will also be open on Saturday, October 24 and Saturday October 31.

We will open a second early voting location on October 19 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, 1 Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210.  It will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The final day for early voting is October 31.

All Washington County polling places will be open on Election Day, November 3, from 6 am to 7 pm.

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