To participate in the Nov. 6 election of a U.S. Senator and House of Representatives members from Virginia, voters must be registered by Oct. 15.
Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election in Virginia will start Friday, Sept. 21.
Qualified voters may cast absentee ballots in-person at their local voter registration office or by mail. To vote absentee, a registered citizen must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.
“Absentee voting is a great option for those who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day,” Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper said. “Whether you vote absentee by mail or in-person, it is important that you exercise your right to vote.”
Voters can request an absentee ballot online using the department’s secure online Citizen Portal.
Important dates to remember if voting in the November 6 General Election include:
• Monday, Oct. 15 — The deadline to register to vote in the November general election.
• 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 — The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail.
• Weekdays during regular general registrar office hours, and Saturdays, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3 — In-person absentee voting.
• Saturday, Nov. 3 — The deadline to vote absentee in-person.
• 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6 — The deadline for a general registrar to receive an absentee ballot by mail.
Virginia law requires a voter to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, visit vote.virginia.gov. Voters can also find information about the upcoming election and check their registration status on the site.
Office hours and locations for in-person absentee voting may vary by locality and are available at vote.virginia.gov.
To request a ballot by mail, the Department of Elections advises applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery.