Deadlines approaching for those voting via absentee ballot

WAVY News 10
WAVY News 10

VIRGINIA (WAVY) — Deadlines are coming up for those voting via absentee ballot in the presidential election.

Voters who wish to mail their absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on November 1 to request a ballot from their local registrar’s office or online through the Virginia Department of Elections.

Absentee voters have until November 5 to go to their local general registrar’s office to vote in-person absentee. Officers will be open Saturday, October 28, and Saturday, November 5, for voters who want to cast their ballot in person. You can also visit your local registrar office during regular business hours through the November 5 deadline to vote absentee in-person.

If you’re casting your absentee ballot in person, you must bring an acceptable photo identification with you. Voters who don’t have an acceptable form of ID still may cast their ballot — after completing the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application and receiving a temporary ID document from their voter registration office.

All absentee ballot application forms can be found online here. These forms can be submitted online, by email, fax or through the mail. To see if you qualify to vote absentee, click here.

Voters who are requesting absentee ballots by mail are encouraged to apply well ahead of the November 1 deadline, as first class delivery through the U.S. Postal Service takes two to five days. The Department of Elections says waiting until the deadline may not give enough time for voters to receive their ballots and send them back on time. Applications for absentee ballots submitted after the 5 p.m. November 1 deadline will not be accepted. Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, to be counted.