Voting News

Voter Participation Center Sending Voter Registration Applications to Citizens

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) has sent notification to the Frederick County Voter Registration Office that they are going to mail voter registration applications to 750 county residents very soon.  They are   conducting this program in every locality in the Commonwealth of Virginia.       

VPC is a completely independent organization that has no affiliation with the State Board of Elections, Virginia Department of Elections or any of the Voter Registration Offices in all 133 localities in Virginia.

In the past few years this organization has mailed many voter registration applications to voters who are already registered to vote.  Registered voters have been very confused as to why they have received these voter registration applications. 

If you receive one of these applications and wish to verify your voter registration, please go to  If you do not have computer access, contact our office at 540-665-5660.

If you wish to contact VPC, their address is 1707 L. St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036, phone 202-659-9570.     

New Voting Equipment in Frederick County

Starting with the June 13, 2017 Democratic Party and Republican Party Primaries, Frederick County voters will be using new voting equipment.  The new voting system will involve voters receiving a paper ballot on which to make their choices and then insert their voted ballot into an optical scan voting machine.  The optical scan machine will read the voter's choices and deposit their voted ballot in a secure ballot bin.  The results will be tabulated by the optical scan machine after the polls close.  Each precinct polling place will be equipped with individual privacy booths on tables with chairs for each voter to vote their ballot.  Please go to the Voting Machine Instructions Page on this web site to see more detailed instructions on marking your ballot.

Officers of Election Needed

The Frederick County Voter Registration Department is looking for qualified people to serve as Officers of Election, a paid position, for the 2017 November General & Special Elections.  If you are a Registered Voter in Virginia, can work all day on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, can attend mandatory training, can work well with the public and fellow officers of election and setup and operate a computer, you have met all of the requirements to serve the citizens of Frederick County.  Please call the Frederick County Voter Registration Office at 540-665-5660 or visit us at

November 7, 2017 General & Special Elections

Last Day to Register to Vote or Make Changes to Current Registrations - Monday, October 16, 2017

Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot to be Mailed - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Application Must be Received by the Registrar's Office by 5:00 pm

 Last Day to Vote Absentee In-Person - Saturday, November 4, 2017

Look under Elections - Future Elections to find list of November 7, 2017 General & Special Election Offices
Look under Elections - Candidates to find list of all Candidates

Absentee Voting starts on Friday, September 22, 2017

Office Hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday for Absentee Voting
Closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Columbus Day Holiday
Open Saturday, October 28, 2017 and Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Absentee Voting
To Vote an Absentee Ballot you MUST have a Valid Reason
Go to ABSENTEE VOTING to see the 19 Acceptable Reasons under "Am I eligible to vote absentee?"  

Special Election for November 7, 2017

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors voted to hold a Special Election in conjunction with the General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 for the Member, Board of Supervisors, Gainesboro District seat.  The winner of this Special Election will serve out the remainder of the term through December 31, 2019.  The Gainesboro Magisterial District is comprised of 4 Precincts - Gainesborough, Albin, Redland and Nain.  Any interested Gainesboro Magisterial District citizen who wishes to apply to be a candidate in this Special Election have from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 through Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to file all of the required forms to qualify for the ballot on November 7, 2017.        

2017 Absent uniformed-Service and Overseas Citizens Eligible to Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

This is an official notice of an election to be conducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia on November 7, 2017.  If you are an absent military or overseas citizen eligible to vote in state and local elections, you may register to vote and request a regular absentee ballot for upcoming elections online using the Department of Elections registration portal.  Please note that a driver's license or identification card issued by the Virginia DMV is required to complete the process paperlessly.  If you do not have a DMV-issued ID, you may also apply by using the federal postcard application (FPCA) available at You can submit your FPCA by scanned email attachment to or via fax to (804) 371-0194.  Detailed instructions are provided in the Virginia Voting Assistance Guide, available at  FPCA's are valid for all elections in the calendar year in which they are submitted and must be renewed annually. 

If you do not receive you state ballot in time, you may vote using a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available at You can identify all of the federal, state, local offices and , if applicable, ballot measures that, as of this date, are expected to be on the ballot by visiting the Department of Elections Citizen Portal or visit the Candidate List also at to see a full list of candidates.   

Photo ID Required for Voting - effective July 1, 2014

Voters must present one of the following acceptable forms of identification when voting, effective January 1, 2016.
  • Valid Virginia Driver's License
  • DMV-issued photo identification card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Valid Employee photo identification card
  • Other government-issued photo identification card
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student photo identification card from a public or private school (issuer must be an institution located in Virginia)

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification, please contact your local voter registration office for a free ID.

Frederick County Voter Registration Office
107 N. Kent Street, Suite 102
Winchester, VA 22601
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone 540-665-5660

For more information go to or call 1-800-552-9745.

What is on My Ballot?

Find out what's on your 2017 ballot with the Election Search tool by the Virginia Department of Elections. 

Electoral Board

The Electoral Board is composed of three appointed members who are responsible for conducting elections in the County, including appointing and training poll workers, choosing polling places, printing ballots, administration of absentee ballots, maintaining financial reports of candidates, ascertaining the results of elections, and organizing election procedures.

Richard M. Venskoske, Chairman
Marie F. Straub, Vice-Chairman
Jerry Zemlachenko, Secretary

Our Pledge to the Citizens of Frederick County

The Frederick County Voter Registrar and Assistant Registrars are entrusted to providing qualified citizens living in Frederick County the opportunity to register to vote in a courteous, professional, and non-partisan manner. We are dedicated to helping each citizen exercise his or her right to vote in an efficient and equitable fashion in accordance with election laws and the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

About Your Address

Your physical address determines your precinct. DMV transactions do not assure that you are registered to vote.

Please check with us in order to assure that we have your current address. This prevents you from going to the wrong precinct on Election Day.