Introduction and Notice of Training Requirement
Virginia law requires training and registration for some individuals and groups conducting
voter registration drives. Specifically, groups and individuals that obtain 25 or more voter
registration applications from ELECT or a local registrar’s office must register with ELECT or in
person at the general registrar and take training (Va. Code § 24.2-416.6). Groups printing their own registration applications and engaging in registration drives are also strongly encouraged to register and receive this training.
Both the registration process and training can be completed online, or in-person at the Department of Elections or at a local voter registration office (Culpeper County Voter Registration office is located at 151 N. Main St., Culpeper, VA 22701).
At least one agent of the organization seeking to obtain applications must complete the training and certify that that the organization will require training for all persons collecting completed voter registration applications from applicants on behalf of the organization. However, if any other individual requests more than 25 applications (even if they claim to represent a group which has already received the training), the individual is still required to complete the training prior to receiving the requested applications. In sum, each individual or agent requesting applications must receive the training.
Other groups and individuals conducting voter registration drives that obtain their registration applications through other means are strongly encouraged, but not required, to receive training prior to conducting a drive.
Upon completion of in-person training, the group or individual will receive a certificate
stating that they have completed the required training for conducting voter registration drives in
the Commonwealth. The certification is valid until June 30th each year upon which time the
training must be completed again in order to renew the certification.
For more information on the training requirements please contact your local voter registration
office or ELECT at 1-800-552-9745. The registration and training module can be accessed here:
(direct link: online training).
For more information, download a (PDF) with complete instructions.