Absentee voting in Virginia for the Nov. 8 presidential election started Friday.
Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail, the State Board of Elections notes. To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.
More information can be found online at www.vote.virginia.gov.
In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday through Friday during regular office hours and on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 5. The last day for in- person absentee voting is Nov. 5.
Office hours and locations for in-person absentee voting vary by locality and are available at vote.virginia.gov.
Voters who want to vote an absentee ballot by mail must apply before 5 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 1. If you need to request a ballot by mail, apply as early as possible to account for potential delivery delays.
Absentee ballots by mail must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day. Voters can request an absentee ballot online using the department’s secure online Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.
Eligible Virginians may register to vote online at vote.virginia.gov or by submitting a completed voter registration form to their local general registrar’s office. The last day to register to vote for the presidential election is Oct. 17.
Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free voter photo ID card, visit vote.virginia.gov.
The Department of Elections’ toll free number is 800/552-9745.