Your Election Day Survival Guide


In Virginia, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in North Carolina polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All voters are required to have a valid form of identification. 

People without an ID on Nov. 6 will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot. Voters who use the provisional ballot will be required to provide an acceptable form of ID to their local electoral board by noon on Friday, Nov. 9.

If you are in line by 7 p.m., you’re guaranteed the opportunity to vote. You must vote at the polling place where you are registered. Click here to look up your voter information

Anyone not already registered will not be able to vote. Virginia does not allow same-day registration.

Here's a rundown of what you're voting for in Hampton Roads:

U.S. Senate

  • Tim Kaine, Democratic incumbent
  • Corey Stewart, Republican
  • Matt Waters, Libertarian

2nd Congressional District 

  • Scott Taylor, Republican Incumbent
  • Elaine Luria, Democrat

4th Congressional District

  • Donald McEachin, Democratic incumbent
  • Ryan McAdams, Republican
  • Pete Wells, Libertarian

Virginia Beach mayor, City Council and School Board

Beach voters will be electing the mayor, six City Council members and five School Board members. Most of the council and school candidates represent specific parts of the city but all city voters choose them. All the races are competitive except for an unopposed candidate in the school board's Bayside district.

Portsmouth City Council and School Board

Portsmouth voters will be electing three City Council members from among seven candidates. They are choosing four school board members from seven candidates.

Two statewide referendums

All Virginia voters will vote up or down on two tax-related state constitutional amendments. One ask if localities should be able to give a partial tax exemption to property with recurrent flooding problems – if the owner made improvements. Another measure would allow the property tax exemption for surviving spouses of disabled veterans to continue if the spouse moves to a different home.

Click here for the complete list of candidate profiles.


Virginia voters won’t just be deciding who will represent them in Congress and locally when they cast their ballots on Election Day. There are also two constitutional amendments.

Both relate to property tax exemptions.

One is directly aimed at addressing increased flooding in our area. It would basically give a tax break to property owners who execute flood abatement projects on their property. Click here for WAVY's coverage of this amendment.

The other amendment deals with a tax exemption for the surviving spouses of disabled veterans. To read more about that amendment, click here. 


Don't let a lack of transportation keep you from voting. Several taxi and ride-share companies are offering free or discounted rides to the polls for the midterm elections Tuesday. You can also hop on a bike for free. Click here for full details.

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