UPDATE: The Deadline for absentee by mail has passed, but you can still vote in person.
Voters who will be away on Election Day or unable to go to the polls because of illness or disabilities, may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them, or they may vote by absentee ballot in person at their local Office of Voter Registration.
The deadline to vote absentee (by mail) is Tuesday, October 29, at 5:00 p.m.
After this, you can still vote absentee in person in your area untilSaturday, November 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
(To Vote in Person) Contact Your Local Registrar.
Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee. Valid reasons for voting absentee are:
- Students at institutions of higher learning, and their spouses
- Absent for business purposes
- Absent for personal business or vacation
- Scheduled to work at one's workplace at least 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open (includes commuting)
- Firefighters and first responder personnel
- Unable to get to the polls because of disability, illness, or pregnancy
- Caretakers of confined family members
- Awaiting trial and under confinement
- Serving time for misdemeanor convictions
- Religious conflicts
- Active duty uniformed services or merchant marine personnel and dependents residing with them
- Regularly employed outside the U.S. and dependents residing with them
- Living abroad indefinitely (may be eligible to vote only for federal offices)
- Registrars, electoral board members, or officers of election scheduled to work the election
- Political party or candidate representative volunteers scheduled to work inside the polls or at different polling places