• Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)

  • (Code of Virginia, § 24.2-700)

    In Person:

    Qualified registered voters may vote by absentee ballot in person during:

    • 45-day period before any November general election or special election held at the same time;
    • thirty day period before any other general, special, or primary election;
    • in the case of a special election, if time is insufficient to meet the applicable deadline established, then as soon after the deadline as possible.

    To vote by absentee ballot in person, you must complete an application for absentee ballot. Your application will be processed while you wait and you will receive a ballot which you will vote at that time at the designated Central Absentee Precinct. This process typically takes between 10-15 minutes, depending upon the number of persons waiting to vote by absentee and/or the number of issues on the ballot to be voted. The absentee ballot must be voted in person during the period noted above and no later than three days before election day.

    By Mail:

    To vote by absentee ballot by mail, you must complete an application for absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballot may be requested up to 10 months before an election from any General Registrar’s Office within the Commonwealth. You must request and complete an application for absentee ballot for each election in which you wish to vote.

    The completed application is mailed to the General Registrar of your residing locality and must be received by that office by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day. After your eligibility is confirmed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you when the ballots become available during the period noted above.

    An absentee ballot returned by mail must be received in the Office of the General Registrar by the 7:00 p.m. close of polls on election day.

    By Federal Post Card Application:

    An eligible U.S. citizen may register to vote and request an absentee ballot on the same Federal Post Card Application.

    You are entitled to complete a Federal Post Card Application if, by reason of active duty or employment, you are normally absent from the city or county in which you reside under the following conditions:

    • Any member of a uniformed service of the United States, as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1973ff-6 (7), who is active duty
    • Any member of the merchant marine of the United States
    • Any person who resides temporarily outside of the United States by virtue of employment
    • Any spouse or dependent residing with a person who may register under any one of the preceding three conditions
    • Overseas citizens (federal elections only)

    The completed application is mailed to the General Registrar of your residing locality and must be received by that office by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day. After your eligibility is confirmed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you when the ballots become available during the period noted above.

    An absentee ballot returned by mail must be received in the Office of the General Registrar by the 7:00 p.m. close of polls on election day.