Absentee Voting

Can I vote absentee?

You can vote absentee in Virginia if you are a registered voter in Virginia and:

  • You are a student or student's spouse at an out-of-town school, or
  • You plan to be out of town for business or vacation on election day, or
  • You cannot go to the polls because of physical illness or disability, or
  • You cannot go to the polls because you are the person responsible for a sick or disabled family member unable to leave home or,
  • You are confined to a penal institution for reasons other than a felony conviction or,
  • You are an electoral board member, a registrar, an officer of election, or a custodian of voting equipment, or
  • You are on active duty as a member of a U.S. uniformed service or the U.S. Merchant Marines, or the spouse or dependent residing with such an active duty member, or
  • You are regularly employed in a business, profession, or occupation outside the continental limits of the United States, or you are the spouse or dependent residing with a person so employed, or
  • Working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM, or
  • Religious obligation

How do I get the absentee ballot?

Call, write or stop by any voter's registrar's office in Virginia and ask for an absentee application or go to www.elections.virginia.gov

When can I apply for an absentee ballot?

An application for an absentee ballot may be accepted the later of (i) 12 months before an election, or (ii) the day following any election held in the twelfth month prior to the election in which the applicant is applying to vote. If you apply by mail or fax, the registrar must receive your application 7 days prior to the election. If you apply in person at the registrar's office, you must complete your application and ballot by 5:00 PM. on the Saturday before the election.

How do I vote the ballot?

You will receive instructions with the ballot. Vote the ballot as soon as you receive it and put it in the envelope provided. You may deliver it in person or mail it. The electoral board must receive your ballot at the Revercomb Building Suite 102 by 7:00 PM on election day. IMPORTANT:  FIRST CLASS MAIL IS NOT ONE DAY DELIVERY.  PLEASE PLACE YOUR MARKED BALLOT IN THE MAIL AT LEAST 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION IN ORDER FOR OUR OFFICE TO RECEIVE IT BEFORE THE ELECTION. 

If I am put in the hospital shortly before the election, can I vote?

Yes, if you are a registered voter in Virginia and

  • You are put in the hospital on or after the Thursday before an election, or
  • You go to the hospital in the two weeks before election and your condition prevents you from requesting an application sooner than the Thursday before the election.

Call your voter registrar before noon on the day before the election ask for an emergency absentee ballot application. You will need someone age 18 or older to pick up the application for you and return it completed.

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