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Absentee Voting Resources
Learn more about Absentee Voting.
- Request an Absentee Ballot Online
- Vote By Mail Virginia Absentee Application Form
- Track your absentee ballot status
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Absentee Voting Myths
1. Absentee ballots are not counted unless it is a close election?
False - Absentee Ballots are tabulated in the Central Absentee Precinct on Election Day
2. I have to mail back my absentee ballot through the U.S. Postal Service?
False - Voters may return their absentee ballots by USPS mail, courier delivery (DHL, Federal Express, UPS, etc.) or in person to our office (City Hall Building) during office hours. Each polling place also has a drop box available on Election Day for voters to return their absentee ballots.
3. Someone else may return my absentee ballot to the Registrar's Office?
False - Voters must return their own ballot in person.
4. Virginia has early voting
Not Exactly - Virginia offers no-excuse in person absentee voting beginning 45 days prior to the election. Some people refer to this as "early voting" as it occurs prior to Election Day. The terms are somewhat interchangeable. In addition to regular office hours, the Registrar's office is open the two Saturdays preceding each election for in person absentee voting.
5. Mail Voting and Absentee Voting are the same thing
False - Some states offer mail voting which requires the Registrar's office to automatically mail a ballot to each registered voter. Typically, in these states voters will register by Party so that they may receive the correct Primary ballot when Primary Elections occur. Absentee Voting by mail requires the voter to submit an absentee ballot application form to request a ballot to be sent to them.
6. A Witness is not required when voting an absentee ballot
False - A witness is required when voting an absentee ballot by mail. The witness may be anyone 18 years of age or older. In May 2021, Governor Northam lifted the declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, thereby reinstating the witness signature requirement.
7. My absentee ballot must be delivered by Election Day to be counted
False - Absentee ballots must either returned in person by the voter by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day -OR- postmarked by Election Day and received by the local Registrar Office by noon on the third business day after the election in order to be counted.
8. I have to complete an absentee ballot application for every election I want to vote by mail for
False - You may indicate on the absentee ballot application form that you want to receive absentee ballots for all future elections. Please be sure to indicate Party preference if you would like to receive a ballot for a Primary Election as Virginians do not register by party.
Effective July 1, 2021, voters who were on the Annual Absentee Ballot Form were moved to the Permanent Absentee Ballot List. This means that ballots will automatically be sent for each election unless the voter "opts out" or has a change in status (such as change of address). Primary Election ballots are included if the voter has indicated a Party preference on the previous annual absentee ballot application form.