Virginia Options for Voting September 18-November 3, 2020


When will absentee ballots be mailed to applicants?

Ballots will start to be mailed September 18. The application deadline is October 23. Request one now!

If I already requested an absentee ballot, but now want to vote in-person early instead, what do I do?

When you receive your mailing with the ballot do not open it. You can take it to the Election Office, a satellite site, or to your polling place on Election Day. The election officials will “spoil” ( mark returned and unused) your absentee ballot and give you a new ballot.

If I want to turn in my absentee ballot in person, do I have to go to the Election Office, or can I turn it in at one of the satellite sites?

When you receive your mailing with the ballot do not open it. You can take it to the Election Office or a satellite site or to your precinct on Election Day.

Will curbside voting be available to everyone?

Yes, if Covid 19 requirements continue. Everyone was eligible to vote curbside at the June primary.

Can I use FEDEX/UPS/DSL to return my absentee ballot instead of USPS?

Yes. There will also be Ballot Drop Boxes, if the Governor signs the General Assembly bill authorizing them. Details are not available at this time.

Do I need a witness for my absentee ballot?

No, a recent court ruling removed the witness requirement.

Do I need an excuse to vote early?

No excuse is required for In-Person or Mail-In Absentee Voting.
In-Person Absentee (often called early) and Mail-In Absentee voting begin September 18 and end October 31. See your local Election Office information for days, times and locations.
Virginia Options for Voting September 18-November 3, 2020

What ID do I need for voting?
You will need to show ID to vote in Virginia. Acceptable forms of valid ID include: voter registration confirmation documents; a valid Virginia driver’s license (expired or unexpired), a valid United States passport, or any other identification issued by the state of Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States; any valid student identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any state or territory of the United States; any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business; tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID; Virginia Voter Photo ID card; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you are required to sign a statement that you are the registered voter you claim to be in order to cast a ballot. A voter who does not show one of the required forms of identification and does not complete or sign the statement shall be offered a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID to the local electoral board.