The Virginia Department of Elections announces several upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to vote absentee in the Nov. 3 General Election.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, Nov. 6. Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at their general registrar’s office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot, either in-person or by mail. Voters can request a mailed ballot online at or they can contact their local voter registration office and ask them to mail them an application. Voters can track the status of their ballot applications online

In addition to regularly scheduled hours, local voter registration offices will be open Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31, for early in-person voting. Early in-person voting ends Oct. 31. Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person. Voters can go to their general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show ID and cast a ballot. More information about what IDs are considered acceptable can be found at

Voters who believe they may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election are not required to have a witness present. Also, voters who are blind, have low vision, or have impaired manual dexterity have the option of voting an absentee ballot using an electronic ballot-marking tool.

Voters with questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting or any aspect of the Nov. 3 election may call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at, or visit the website at Voters are also encouraged to follow on Twitter at @vaElect, Facebook at @VirginiaELECT and Instagram at @va_election.

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