Absentee voting for 2016 Presidential Election begins today

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Starting today, you can choose who you would like to be the next commander in chief of the United States.

Absentee voting for the 2016 Presidential Election officially begins today, and voters can cast their ballots either at a local voter registration office or by mail.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

Registered voters must meet one of 19 requirements to vote absentee in Virginia. The list of requirements can be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Absentee voting is available at local registration offices (during regular hours) Monday through Friday, as well as on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 (the last day to vote absentee in-person).

Voters looking to cast a ballot by mail must apply by Nov. 1.

Absentee ballots can be requested online using the Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.

For all other registered voters, election day is Nov. 8, 2016. The deadline for voter registration is Oct. 17, 2016.

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