Virginia

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, Virginia will allow any registered voter to request a ballot. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/status




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


Some new voters who registered by mail may receive a notice with their ballot requiring them to include a copy of their ID. Any of the following are acceptable:

  • A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
  • or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
  • or another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card).
If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.




Where should I send my completed application?


Apply online or print and return the completed form to your local registrar's office by mail, fax, scanned attachment to an email, or in person. Contact information for your local general registrar's office here: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by October 23, 2020 at 5pm. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 12, 2020.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for: There is a witness signature requirement on the absentee ballot. However, this statement appears on Virginia's official state website: "If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present. Accordingly, you may disregard the witness signature requirement if you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing your ballot."




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by noon on November 6, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup There is a witness signature requirement on the absentee ballot. However, this statement appears on Virginia's official state website: "If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present. Accordingly, you may disregard the witness signature requirement if you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing your ballot."




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


You may drop your completed ballot at a satellite voting center. If you attempt to drop your ballot at an election day polling location, you may be asked to surrender your absentee ballot and vote in person.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


September 19 - October 31, 2020




Link to information and locations:


Voting will take place at your local registrar’s office or a satellite voting location in your county or city. Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request. https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup





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