Voter Registration Application
Voter registration applications are available at the Voter Registration Office, DMV offices, public libraries, Armed Forces Recruitment Offices or online at the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
Not Registered to Vote?
Maybe you just turned eighteen, moved to Nelson County recently, or need to update your information on file. Whatever the reason, we encourage you to register if you meet the qualifications. For more information on the qualifications, visit: Become a Registered Voter. Applications can be downloaded from our website, are available in the Voter Registration Office or may obtained at DMV and other select governmental agencies, or we will be happy to mail one to you at your request.
Qualifications to Register to Vote in Nelson County Virginia
- You must be a United States citizen
- You must be a resident of the County of Nelson
- You must be 18 years old before the next general election
- You must have had your rights restored if you were ever convicted of a felony
- You must have had your rights restored if you have ever been judged mentally incapacitated
(To learn more about applying for restoration of rights contact the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth at 1-804-692-2531 or visit the website by clicking on the link.)
Citizens who will be absent from Nelson County on Election Day, or who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disabilities, may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them or vote by absentee ballot in person at the Office of Voter Registration. Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee. Valid reasons for voting absentee include students away at college, military personnel, firefighters and first responder personnel, absence due to personal or business reasons to name a few. Refer to the absentee application for a complete listing.
Registered voters wishing to vote absentee must complete an Absentee Application and either mail, email a scanned copy, fax or return the application in person to the appropriate Voter Registration Office. Upon approval of the application, you will be mailed a ballot to the address indicated or if you choose, you may vote in person at the office.
If you receive a ballot by mail, be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully. Return your ballot in person or by mail. You may NOT deliver anyone else’s ballot unless you meet certain criteria for an emergency ballot and have been designated as a representative.
Additional detailed information about voting absentee can be found on the State Board of Elections website or by contacting this office via phone or email.
Voters With Disabilities
All precincts are wheelchair accessible and have a touch-screen voting machine with capabilities for the visually impaired and can be adjusted for wheelchair bound voters. Curbside voting is available as well as assistance upon request.
Voters with a chronic illness or disability that prevent the voter form leaving his/her home can apply for an Annual Absentee Application. Upon approval of the application, the voter will automatically receive ballots for each election in the calendar year (January-December). The application must be renewed annually and requires a physician’s signature one time only upon the first submission. Please contact our office if you would like us to mail you an Annual Absentee Ballot Application or click on the link to download one that you may print, complete and mail in.
Military or Citizens Overseas
Citizens of the uniformed services or other citizens who are temporarily residing overseas may prefer to apply for a ballot using a Federal Post Card Application. Eligible applicants may be able to receive ballots automatically for up to two years before renewal would be required unless the address to receive ballots changes. Visit www.fvap.gov for additional information and assistance.
Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot
This notice may be used to vote a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB).
Before using a FWAB, you must first request a regular absentee ballot by using the federal postcard application (FPCA), available at www.fvap.gov or at the FPCA link above. You can electronically apply for ballots by submitting your FPCA by fax to 434-263-8601 or scanned email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed instructions are provided in the Virginia Voting Assistance Guide, available at:
Covered military and overseas voters who have not timely received a regular absentee ballot may use the FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote an official military-overseas ballot. Your signed and completed FWAB must be received no later than the close of polls on Election Day. If received later than this day and time, your FWAB ballot normally will not be counted. Federal write-in absentee ballots are available at www.fvap.gov. A FWAB ballot or a regular ballot can only be returned by mail addressed to the voting official for your city or county of voting residence. Virginia does not allow return of any voted ballot electronically, by email or fax.