League of Women Voters Applauds Passage of Voter Protections in Pandemic
September 4, 2020
Richmond, VA
CONTACT: Janet Boyd


League of Women Voters Applauds Passage of Bills Protecting Voters in Pandemic
Today, the Virginia General Assembly passed historic legislation making Election Day safer for both voters and poll workers.

“Virginia voters have improved access to voting in November,” says Deb Wake, president of League of Women Voters of Virginia. “The General Assembly made huge strides toward public safety during the pandemic. Today’s actions will help assure that all voters, no matter where they live in Virginia, can make their voices heard without risking their health.”

The General Assembly adopted the governor’s plans to allow voters to safely deposit their ballots for the November 3rd elections at designated voting areas. The Virginia Department of Elections will prescribe measures to ensure security at drop off locations in addition to numerous existing ballot verification measures. The new legislation also provides for prepaid return postage on vote by mail ballots and enables voters to correct errors on their mailed ballots received by October 31.

Ballots will begin to be mailed on September 18 to voters who request them. Voters should contact their local registrars to find out about drop off locations and where they can vote early in person. You can click here to register to vote or to check your registration status.

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 when U.S. women won the right to vote. We work to encourage informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League is dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy. We are proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

For more information, visit the League of Women Voters of Virginia at and on social media @lwvva and @leagueofwomenvoters.


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.


Affordable Housing Study
As a local league, we need to come to a consensus on the LWV VA State Affordable Housing Study, and we’re asking you to select ONE of these 3 dates to attend to review and answer consensus questions. Each session will be led by our local housing housing subcommittee members.
Sept. 8
Sept. 16
Sept. 17

Please read our letter to our members.
For more information on this important study and to view all documents relating to the Affordable Housing Study, click here.


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