The Registrar's office, headed by the General Registrar, is responsible for maintaining the records of over 77,000 registered voters in Albemarle County. In conjunction with the Electoral Board, a three member board appointed by the Circuit Court, the department is responsible for the administration of all Federal, State and local elections. This entails recruiting and training over 400 Election Officials, preparing 28 polling places, preparing and distributing all voting equipment and election materials, and establishing an in-office absentee voter precinct for the 45 days preceding each election. The Commonwealth of Virginia holds elections every November, on the Tuesday following the first Monday. Federal Elections are held in even-numbered years, and state and local elections are held in odd-numbered years. There may also be primaries in the summer, as needed, to select candidates for the following November election. There is also a town election in May of even-numbered years for the Town of Scottsville.
The Department of Voter Registration and Elections provides information and materials for candidates for office. Candidates are required to file several campaign-related documents with this office, including regular reports of campaign contributions and expenditures. Independent candidates must file petitions of qualified voters in order to be included on the ballot. The department is responsible for determining the acceptability of signatures on petitions.
One of our most important mandates is to "...educate the general public concerning registration and encourage registration by the general public." (Section 24.2-114, Code of Virginia) To that end, the department offers special voter registration sites, visits all Albemarle County High Schools to educate students and register qualified seniors, offers educational programs to interested groups, and maintains this website.