Essex County Virginia

Voting in Essex County

Polls are open Election Day: 6am through 7pm

Ways to Vote

Vote from Home

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the safest way to vote is from home. You may email or call our office to request your absentee application ballot, or visit the Department of Elections website at

Witness Signature Special Instructions: If you believe you may not safely have a witness present to sign your ballot envelope while completing the absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 elections, you are not require to do so. Your ballot will not be rejected due to a missing witness signature. These instructions override any on your ballot envelopes regarding witness signature.

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Return Your ballot

Mail your voted ballot so that it is postmarked on or before election day and received at Essex County Elections Office, PO Box 1561, Tappahannock, VA 22560 by noon the Friday after election day.
Return your ballot t
o the General Registrar at 205 S. Cross St., Suite B, Tappahannock.
You may bring your ballot to our walk-up window, or call us at 804-443-4611 and we will pick up your ballot curbside.
Drop your ballot in our secure secure drop box (24/7)
at 205 S. Cross ST., Suite B, Tappahannock.

Track your vote by mail ballot here with Ballot Scout.

Vote in-person or Curbside

In-person Early voting will be available in the Voter Registration & Election office at 205 S. Cross St., Suite B. 
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm September 18-October 31.
Saturdays October 24 & October 31 from 9am-5pm.
Park curbside in our designated voter parking space and call (804) 443-4611. You may vote right in your vehicle.

The office will be closed on Monday October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.

Accessible Voting

For those unable to vote absentee by mail, or curbside, a ballot marking device is available in the Voter Registration & Elections Office. If you need this service, please call the office in advance to make an appointment (804) 443-4611.

Office hours

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
The two Saturdays before the election 9am-5pm
Closed Monday October 12, 2020 for Columbus Day

Acceptable Forms of ID

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact the Voter Registration & Elections Office for a copy of your Voter ID card.

Voter Registration & Elections
205 S. Cross Street, Suite B
Tappahannock, VA 22560
phone: 804-443-4611
fax: 804-443-4157