Essex County Virginia

Voter Registration

For your safety and ours, we encourage you to vote-by-mail in the comfort of your own home.

Ways to Vote

Vote at home

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, voting at home is the safest way to vote. You may email or call our office to request your ballot application, or visit the Department of Elections website at

Witness Signature Special Instructions: If you believe you may not safely have a witness present to sign your ballot envelope while completing the absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 elections, you are not require to do so. Your ballot will not be rejected due to a missing witness signature. These instructions override any on your ballot envelopes regarding witness signature.

Track your vote by mail ballot here with Ballot Scout.

Return Your ballot

Mail your voted ballot postmarked on or before Election Day so that it is received at Essex County Elections Office, PO Box 1561, Tappahannock, VA 22560 by noon Friday after the election.
Return your ballot to the General Registrar at 205 S. Cross St., Suite B, Tappahannock. You may bring your ballot to our walk-up window, or call us at 804-443-4611 and we will pick up your ballot curbside.
Drop your ballot in our secure secure drop box (24/7) at 205 S. Cross ST., Suite B, Tappahannock.

Track your vote by mail ballot here with Ballot Scout.

Vote In Person or Curbside

In-person Early voting will be available in the Voter Registration & Election office, 205 S. Cross St., Suite B.
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm September 18-October 31,
Saturdays October 24 & October 31 from 9am-5pm.
Park curbside in our designated voter parking space and call (804) 443-4611. You may vote right in your vehicle.

Accessible Voting

For those unable to vote absentee by mail, or curbside, a ballot marking device is available in the Voter Registration & Elections Office. If you need this service, please call the office in advance to make an appointment (804) 443-4611.


Office hours

Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Two Saturdays before Election Day: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Office Closed
Monday, October 12, 2020 for Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 for Veterans Day
12:00 Noon Wednesday November 25- Friday November 27, 2020 for Thanksgiving.
Thursday-Friday December 24-25 for Christmas.

Voter Registration & Elections

The General Registrar/Director of Elections serves the citizens of Essex County (§24.2-114) by:

  • Providing equitable opportunity for qualified voters to register
  • Maintaining accurate voter, candidate and election records
  • Conducting elections as required by Federal and State law, under the guidance of the Electoral Board, with integrity and efficiency
  • Educating citizens about registration, candidates, and the electoral process


The Electoral Board is composed of three members appointed by the county Circuit Court judges (§24.2-106). Each member serves a staggered three year term. The Electoral Board:

  • Appoints the General Registrar/Director of Elections to a four year term
  • Appoints Over 40 Officers of Election
  • Oversees elections and reports results to the State Board of Elections

 Electoral Board

Edgar C. Robinson, Jr. - Chairman

Richard O. Lyman - Vice Chairman

Gwendolyn H. Darby - Secretary


To Contact the Electoral Board:

office: (804) 443-4611

Fax: (804) 443-4157

Director Of Elections &
General Registrar

 M. Kelly Lafollette

205 S. Cross Street, Suite B

PO Box 1561

Tappahannock, VA 22560-1561

office: (804) 443-4611

Fax: (804) 443- 4157