Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
Virginia absentee ballots
Absentee ballot application deadline:
Received by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day (by mail, fax, email, or online).
Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).
Voted ballots are due:
Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
You may vote by absentee ballot in Virginia if:
you are a student (or the spouse of a student) attending college or university outside of your Virginia locality
you have business outside your county/city of residence on Election Day
you have personal business or vacation outside county/city of residence on Election Day
you are working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6am and 7pm on Election Day
you are a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
you have a disability or illness
you are primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home
you are pregnant
you are confined, and awaiting trial, or convicted of a misdemeanor
you are an electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
you have a religious obligation that prevents you from voting on Election Day
you are an active duty member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine (or the spouse of an active duty member)
you are temporarily residing outside of the US
you moved to another state less than 30 days before a presidential election (you will only receive a ballot for the presidential/vice-presidential election; ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent)
you are an authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place
you have been granted a protective order by a court
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Virginia early voting
If you can't vote in person on Election Day and meet the requirements to vote by absentee ballot, you can vote by absentee ballot in person starting as soon as ballots are available, usually about 45 days before Election Day. If you are already registered to vote, you can apply for and vote your absentee ballot during the same visit to your Local Election Office.
In-person absentee voting ends at 5 p.m. the Saturday before Election Day.
Virginia voter ID
All Virginia voters must bring one of the following forms of photo ID to vote early or on Election Day:
A Virginia driver’s license or Photo ID
A Veteran’s ID from the Virginia DMV
US Military ID
A US Passport or Passport Card
A student photo ID issued by any institution of higher education or any private school in Virginia
Another photo ID issued by the federal government, Virginia, or a local body of Virginia government
An employee photo ID issued by your employer
Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID if issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by Virginia
Nursing home resident ID if issued by a government facility
You do not need to provide ID to cast an absentee ballot by mail in Virginia. If you vote absentee in person, you will be required to bring photo ID. See the section on In-Person Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of acceptable forms of photo ID to bring to the polls.
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.