VIRGINIA, USA — While most Virginians know that you'll be able to head to the polls to make your voice heard on November 8, there are other important dates to keep an eye out for ahead of the big day.
As always, remember to bring a valid government-issued ID.
There are also several system changes that have happened since the 2020 election.
To learn more about those changes and to find out where your polling location is if you aren't sure, check out the Virginia Department of Elections website.
Here's a timeline explainer month by month leading up to Election Day.
While it may feel hard to believe, the voting process begins this month.
Starting Sept. 23, early in-person ballots will be accepted. This period will be open through Nov. 5.
To vote early in person, you'll have to go to your local registrar's office. To find your office, click here.
Before you go, make sure your registration is up-to-date. You don't have to provide a reason for voting early, so if you want to check it off your to-do list ahead of time, go for it.
If you haven't yet registered to vote, this month is vital.
The deadline to register online for in-person or for mail-in voting is Oct. 17.
Also this month, if you're planning to request a mail-in ballot, you must do so by Oct. 28.
If you're planning to vote in person, the deadline to do so is Nov. 5.
And, as you probably know, Nov. 8 is Election Day! If you're mailing in your ballot, it must be done by the 8th, too.
Both Virginia and North Carolina have set up online portals meant to help you find what's on your ballot and where to go to vote:
On Election Day, once the polls have closed you can find live results as they come in for Virginia and North Carolina right here on 13NewsNow.com.