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Office of the General Registrar



Our elections are only as strong as the men and women who volunteer to serve in the polling places as Officers of Election. For more information about serving as an Officer of Election for the City of Richmond and how to apply call (804) 646-5950 or apply online at

Mission Statement

The mission of the General Registrar's Office is to provide opportunities, in an equitable and courteous manner, for all qualified citizens of the City of Richmond to register to vote; to promote the integrity of the electoral process by maintaining accurate and current voter registration records used in elections; to coordinate elections so they are conducted in a manner that secures the qualified citizen's right to vote and ensures that the results accurately reflect the voter's will; and to be an information resource for citizens regarding voter registration, elections, and elected officials.

We have Moved!

We needed more room for voters with the expansion of in-person absentee voting. The new building also makes social distancing much easier. Our new address is 2134 West Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227. Please come visit us! Click here for directions.

Our new location opens to the public on September 14, 2020. The building is at the intersection of 95/64/I-95 and has plenty of free parking. The Laburnum Connector bus (line 91) runs from the Pulse at Willow Lawn along Laburnum Avenue to the Shops at White Oak Village and back, with stops on Saunders Avenue just a few blocks away. Don't worry, we will still offer basic services such as voter registration at City Hall. Look for us at the customer service counter on the Marshall Street side during regular business hours.

About Us

Elections in the City of Richmond are governed by the three member Electoral Board who are appointed by the City of Richmond Circuit Court for three year terms. Two of the Board members must be of the same political party as the sitting Governor. The third must be of the opposite party. The Board members' terms are staggered so that one expires each year. The current Electoral Board members are: James M. Nachman, Chairman, Joyce K. Smith, Vice- Chairman and C. Starlet Stevens, Secretary.

While all matters election fall within the purview of the local electoral board, voter registration is the sole province of the General Registrar. In the City of Richmond, the General Registrar also provides administrative staff support to the Electoral Board. The General Registrar is appointed by the Electoral Board for a four year term. The current General Registrar is J. Kirk Showalter.

Office Hours

Both our main location on West Laburnum and our customer service counter at City Hall are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Our West Laburnum location will also be open the two Saturdays before every election from 9:oo AM to 5:oo PM. Satellite voting will be also be open before November general elections the same hours as the West Laburnum location starting the second Saturday before the election. The satellite voting centers will be at City Hall, 900 East Broad Street (enter from Broad Street side) and the Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 East Belt Boulevard.

Electoral Board Meetings

The City of Richmond Electoral Board does not expect to meet again before the end of the November general Election. Watch this spot for future announcements of future meeting dates.

All meetings of the Electoral Board are open to the public. To view the Board's public comment speakers' guidelines, click here.

Contact Information:

Registrar's Office
City of Richmond
P.O. Box 61037
Richmond, Virginia 23261

Main Office
2134 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
8 AM–5 PM, M–F, except holidays
9 AM–5 PM the last two Saturdays before all elections

Customer Service Counter
City Hall
Marshall Street side of the first floor lobby
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
8 AM–5 PM, M–F, except holidays

See “Voter at the Polls” tab for polling places and satellite voting locations
Phone: (804)646-5950
Fax: (804)646-7848

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