Absentee Voting

Due to the COVID-19 situation, voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail.  

  • By Mail: Have a ballot mailed to you, which you will fill out and mail back. You’ll also be able to track your ballot once we mail it to you and again once you mail it back.  View how to track your ballot.
  • How to Apply: Visit vote.elections.virginia.gov and fill out the online absentee ballot application (you will need a Virginia Driver's License or Virginia ID Card to apply online.)  If you do not have a Virginia ID or prefer to apply by paper application you can download it here and submit by mail, fax, or email.

Are You Eligible to Vote Absentee?

As of July 1, 2020,every registered voter in Virginia is eligible to vote by mail, no reason required, just request your ballot online at vote.virginia.gov.

Please note: If you registered to vote by mail and this is your first time voting, you will be required to submit acceptable identification when you return your ballot.  A list of acceptable IDs will be provided with the ballot.

If you are active duty military, or if you are the spouse or dependent of active duty military personnel, or if you are a United States citizen living abroad, you may fill out the Federal Post Card Application (PDF). Please read the ’Official Election Notice’ for military and overseas citizens.

Absentee voting is done through the mail or in person prior to election day. See the web page for the specific election you are interested in for more information about absentee voting dates and deadlines.

People who register to vote for the first time in Virginia (does not apply to address changes or in-state moves) are required to wait five days before being issued an absentee ballot. An absentee ballot application can be completed at the time of registration and the ballot will be mailed at the conclusion of the waiting period.

How Do You Submit the Application to Receive a Ballot by Mail?*

Visit the Virginia Department of Elections absentee voting portal to apply online or print an application to be mailed

If you choose to print and sign your application it can be submitted in the following ways;

When Will You Get A Ballot?

Ballots are mailed beginning approximately 45 days before each election. Ballots are mailed the next business day after the absentee ballot applications are received.

When is Your Ballot Counted?

All absentee ballots, those sent by mail and those cast in-person, are counted on election day in Virginia, as if the ballots were cast in a polling place. Ballots must be postmarked by election day or dropped off at the Office of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day. The last day to request a ballot to be mailed is the second Friday preceding election day.

Notice to voters using the US mail service: The United States Postal Service delivery standards have changed so that first-class delivery is now two-to-five days and standard delivery is now two-to-nine days. Please take this into consideration when returning your absentee ballot. Apply early and return your ballot promptly to ensure it arrives in time to get counted.

Other Information About Absentee Ballot Applications

You can send in an absentee ballot application for any election to be held the following year, up to the next November election.

If your ballot doesn’t arrive within a reasonable time, please call us at 703-777-0380 or send the Elections Office an email.