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Early voting starts September 17thView details
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before an election (for November 2 Election, request must be received by local registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. deadline on October 22). Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 12pm 3 days after the election in order to be counted. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Note: You must obtain a witness to sign your ballot envelope for it to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Department of Elections website. Absentee ballots must be processed but results cannot be announced before the polls close on Election Day.
Requesting and Returning your Absentee Ballot
You may now request an absentee ballot online! Just fill out and submit this form before the deadline (5pm 11 days before the election, October 22 for November 2 Election).
You can request your absentee ballot at any time during the year; the form permits a permanent request ensuring that a voter continues receiving an absentee ballot without additional requests.
Voted mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and be received by your local registrar by noon on the third day after the election in order to be counted. Note: absentee ballots require a witness signature.
You can check the status of your absentee ballot with the Absentee Ballot Status Look Up tool.
Emergency Absentee Voting
You can apply for an emergency absentee ballot if you:
If you meet these requirements, you can have a designated representative request an absentee ballot through the day before the election. You must complete the application and deliver it to the local registrar's office by 2pm the day before the election. Voted ballots must be returned before the polls close on Election Day.
How to Vote in Person if Vote-by-Mail Ballot was Requested
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot in person. If the voter does not bring their Vote by Mail ballot to the polls, they can still vote a regular ballot during the Early Voting by signing a Gold Form, but they will vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. However, if the pollbook indicates that the voter was not only issued a Vote by Mail ballot but also that the ballot was returned, the voter can only vote a Provisional Ballot that will be reviewed by the local Electoral Board to ensure that the individual only votes once. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county registrar contact info here.Request your Ballot
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Voters can hand-deliver their ballot to their local registrar or in a secure drop box. Voters can find the location of their local registrar here, including the location of all drop boxes. Drop boxes will be located at all satellite locations during the Early Voting period and at precinct polling locations on Election Day, plus other locations determined by local registrars.
Early voting for the November 2, 2021 election begins on September 17 and ends on October 30.
All voters are eligible for absentee voting either in-person or by mail for 45 days before the election, and can request mail ballots be sent to you permanently. Note: a witness signature is required on all mail-in/drop box absentee ballot envelopes.
Check with you local registrar to see if absentee voting in person is available on Sundays in your area during the early voting period.
For federal elections only, first time voters in their county or city, who registered by mail, are qualified to vote by mail if a copy of a qualified ID is included with the completed ballot. Non-federal elections including the November 2, 2021 election, do not require a copy of an ID.
To be eligible to register and vote, you must be:
You must show an ID at the polls in order to vote.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
If you forget your ID and don't want to sign an ID Confirmation Statement, you can vote a provisional ballot that will only be counted if you bring the appropriate ID or a signed ID Confirmation Statement by Friday noon after the election.
For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted within 7 days after the election.
In person votes are likely to be counted first followed by absentee ballots that were received by Election Day. Absentee ballots processed after election night will be reported three days after Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Virginia’s Department of Elections website as they become available.Official Results
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Visit www.workelections.com to find localized information for becoming a poll worker in your area.
In order to be a poll worker in Virginia:
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
You may vote a provisional ballot, instead of a regular ballot, if you meet specific conditions. The local electoral board reviews each provisional ballot during its canvass of votes cast to determine if the vote will be counted. The first meeting of the electoral board to review provisional ballots is the day after Election Day and the process must be concluded within seven days.
There are several reasons a voter may vote a provisional ballot:
The election official will tell you when and where the Electoral Board will meet and will give you a phone number to call and find out the status of your provisional ballot.
Voters who do not bring a form of ID to the polls will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. Once you complete the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election official on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. All information on how to submit the proper ID will be given at this time.
You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID, or sign and submit an ID Confirmation Statement, to the local election board in order for the provisional ballot to be counted. You can submit your ID, or signed ID Confirmation Statement, through fax, email, in person or through the USPS or a commercial delivery service. The copy of the ID, or signed ID Confirmation Statement, must be delivered by noon on Friday, a Friday postmark does not count.
Any person, regardless disability status, has the right to register to vote at any office or agency that provides such a service. These offices include but are not limited to: Department of Health (VDH), Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Mental Health (DMHRSAR), Department for Rehabilitation Services (DRS), Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), and the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
Your local registrar's office also has registration forms and should be able to accommodate any special needs. In addition, you can download a voter registration form from the state board of elections website.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
The registration deadline to vote in the general election is 22 days before the election. If there is a special election the registration deadline is 13 days before the election and if the Governor calls an election the deadline is 7 days.
You can now register to vote online! Complete the registration application to begin the process.
To verify your voter registration status please use your state's voter verification tool.
The General Election Day in November is a State Holiday; however, for other workers, time off to vote is subject to the employer. There is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!