Vote at Home Information
Vote at Home
All registered voters in Virginia are eligible to request, receive, mark and return their ballot all from the comfort of their own home. Not only is it easy, but it’s safe and secure too.
You have the option of applying for a single election or permanent absentee, you will receive a ballot for every election you are eligible to vote in.
Please read this entire page and then apply for your vote-at-home ballot via the link at the bottom of the page.
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- Tuesday, June 20, 2023, Primary Election
- Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you - Friday, June 9, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 7, 2023, General Election
- Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you - Friday, October 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
Is Voting at Home Secure? Yes. Here’s How it Works:
- You’ll request your ballot and verify your identity via a secure website run by the Virginia Department of Elections. Your request will be routed to our office and one of our sworn registrars will do further verification checks and approve the request, marking you as having requested a ballot. Then the absentee voting team will prepare your ballot for mailing and ensure that everything you need is included.
- Once you receive your ballot, you’ll mark it in private, then have someone witness that it was you that did it (they don’t watch you vote, just verify it was you that voted), and mail it back to us via U.S. mail, or drop it off at our office.
- Once we receive the ballot back, we’ll check it in and mark it as returned, and turn it over to the Central Absentee Precinct for processing.
- You’ll be able to check the status of your ballot (applied, approved, received, etc.) via the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.
- While the ballot is in the mail (on its way to you and back to us), you’ll be able to track its progress and expected delivery dates here.
Things to Know:
- Once you request your ballot by mail, that is your ballot. There is no need to go to your precinct on election day, just return the ballot you were sent and you are good to go.
- If you do request a ballot be mailed to you and choose to go to the precinct on election day, you will likely encounter longer than normal wait times because election officials will have to do some processing to switch you back over to voting in person. You will have to surrender the ballot and answer some questions before officials can issue a new ballot.
- Make sure to read the yellow insert included with your ballot very carefully. It will help you ensure that your ballot is counted.
- If you make a mistake while filling out your ballot, don’t worry. Just give us a call at 703-777-0380 and we’ll get a new one sent to you right away.
- If you indicate that you will need assistance filling out the ballot, you must return the request for assistance form included in your ballot packet or your ballot cannot be counted.
Ready to Request your Ballot?
Read the information below to prepare. Once you’re ready if you have a Virginia Driver's License or Identification Card apply online at the Virginia Department of Elections website and follow the prompts that guide you through the process.
If you do not have a Virginia Driver's License or ID card or just prefer to apply by paper application you can download it here (PDF) and mail, fax, or email it to the Office of Elections (see bottom of this page for contact info.) You can also give us a call and we'll mail or email you the application.
Have the following information handy before you start:
- Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued ID card
- Social Security Number
- Name, Address, Date of Birth
- Ballot Delivery Address (if not your residence address)
- Phone Number and Email (so we can contact you if any issues pop up.)
A few questions you’ll be asked:
- Are you currently residing in Virginia or do you now live outside the United States?
- Are you a member or spouse of an armed services member or citizen overseas?
- Would you like to vote by mail for all future elections?
- Would you like your ballot delivered to a different address than your residence?
- Do you need assistance? (If so you’ll be sent a form that you will fill out and return with the ballot.
Ready to Return your Ballot?
Read the information below to prepare. After filling out your ballot, ensure that your return envelope is filled out completely and then seal it. There are several options for returning your voted ballot.
- By U.S. mail (postage is pre-paid).
- By commercial delivery service (sender must pay any fees).
- Drop it at the 24/7 drop box at the Office of Elections at 750 Miller Drive, Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175 no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Drop it off at an Early Voting site during open hours. Click here to see locations and hours.
- Voted mail ballots can also be dropped at any polling place on Election Day no later than 7:00 p.m.
- Need help folding your return envelope? Watch this short video.