VRM in the States: Virginia

Virginia currently has the Electronic Voter Registration and Online Registration components of Voter Registration Modernization in place. Virginia also has electronic pollbooks in at least one county.

February 1, 2017

Advances in Voter Registration Modernization

  • Electronic Voter Registration: Virginia launched electronic voter registration at DMV offices in 2016. Information is electronically transferred from DMV offices to election officials.
  • Online Voter Registration: Virginia launched online voter registration through the Department of Elections in 2013. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.
  • Electronic Pollbooks: One hundred seven out of 133 Virginia election jurisdictions used electronic pollbooks to sign in voters in 2014.

Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Virginia

The steps Virginia has taken thus far have yielded increases in voter registration and financial benefits for the state. For example:  

  • During a July 2013 interview with Brennan Center staff, Virginia election officials expected to see cost savings from online registration due to the reduced need to hire temporary staff before elections.
  • Virginia implemented online registration at a cost of approximately $81,000.
  • Between November 2012 and November 2014, 7.4% of all new voter registration applications were received online.