Upcoming Election

Public Notice for the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary


Presidential Primary Election

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Important Dates

January 19th- Early Voting Begins for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election at the Elections office located at 10604 Buckley Hall Rd Mathews, VA 23109

Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration: February 12, 2024

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: February 23, 2024.
Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m. 

The Elections office will be open Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Last day of in-person absentee voting at your local registrar's office: Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate list Candidates & Referendums - Virginia Department of Elections 

Ballot Drop-Off Locations

The Mathews County Voter Registration and Elections Office will serve as a drop-off location for upcoming Elections.  Voters may drop ballots at the voter window or voting room during normal office hours M-F 8-4 and 2/24 8-4 & 3/4 9-5.  In addition, there will be drop-off locations inside the precincts on Election Day from 6am - 7pm.  

IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO VOTE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
Please return the ballot unopened in the pre-addressed envelope to our office before Election Day or bring it with you to the polls on Election Day.

If you have requested or received an absentee by mail ballot but would rather vote in person, please bring your unopened ballot with you when you go to vote, you may either vote early in person at your registrar’s office or at your polling place on Election Day.

Please note, once you request an Absentee Ballot you are marked as already voting in this election, if you change your mind and want to vote In-Person on Election Day you must return the unvoted Absentee Ballot to vote normal or you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

IF YOU VOTE ABSENTEE, DOES YOUR BALLOT COUNT?
YES, absentee ballots by mail or in-person are counted at their own precinct on Election Day.  This is our Central Absentee Precinct, referred to as the CAP.

In-Person Voting

Before visiting your local registrar’s office, check your registration status or call your registrar’s office.   If you are not already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only).

If you have a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles license or ID card, you can register online using our Online Absentee Ballot (OAB) application.

  • Within 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, visit your local registrar’s office to vote absentee in-person.
  • You will be allowed to vote absentee in-person using a voting machine in the registrar’s office. Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

Interested in becoming a candidate?

A candidate must file a Statement of Organization (§24.2-947.1) and register as a candidate for campaign finance purposes within 10 days of meeting any of the requirements listed in Section 2.1. online with the Department of Elections at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info/campaign-finance-disclosure-forms/ .  

The candidate will be required to establish a campaign committee even if the committee does not consist of any individual other than the candidate.  Campaign committees are required to establish a campaign depository in a financial institution located within the Commonwealth.  Personal bank accounts may not be used under any circumstances.

It is important to understand that there is more to the law than just timely filing the required campaign finance reports. As a candidate or treasurer, you should familiarize yourself with the Summary of Virginia’s Campaign Finance Laws and Policies for Candidate Campaign Committees for it will serve as a valuable resource.

Find all this information and more at The Department of Elections Website: 

https://www.elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info/becoming-a-candidate/index.html