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 if requested by mail. Received 3 days before Election Day if applying and casting absentee ballot in person
Voted ballots are due:
Received by 7:00 p.m. 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 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
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, you can vote "absentee in-person" starting as soon as ballots are available - usually between 45 days before Election Day. You can apply for and vote your absentee ballot during the same visit to your Local Election Official.
Absentee In-person voting ends at 5 p.m. the Saturday before Election Day.
Virginia voter ID
You must provide one of the following forms of current and valid photo ID when you vote:
Virginia voter registration card
Virginia driver’s license
any other photo ID card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
any valid student photo ID card issued by any institution of higher education located in Virginia employee photo ID card
Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Virginia.
If you are registering for the first time by mail, federal law (the Help America Vote Act) requires you to provide identification. Please enclose a copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and Virginia address with your application: (1) current and valid photo ID, (2) current utility bill, (3) bank statement, (4) government check, (5) paycheck, or (6) other government document. You can also present this required identification at the polls or when you apply for your absentee ballot.
If you registered in person and provided sufficient ID at that time, you won't need to provide IDwhen you vote absentee. If you registered to vote by mail, and you did not fulfill the ID requirements at that time, you should include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. If you don't, you'll be notified by mail that you must provide a copy of your identification in order to receive an absentee ballot.Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver۪s license) that shows your name and Virginia address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; or another government document that shows name and Virginia address (for example a voter card).
You'll need to apply separately for each election unless you are physically disabled or incapacitated by illness. If you are disabled or otherwise incapacitated, contact your Local Election Official and ask how you can be added to the permanent absentee voter list.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers