Absentee Voting: When it begins, how to apply and other things to know

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Voters in Virginia can soon fill out their absentee ballots for the 2019 General Election on Nov. 5. Absentee voting across the state begins this Friday.

In order to be eligible to vote absentee, you must first provide a reason for doing so. There are 20 acceptable reasons to vote absentee in Virginia, including being a student from an out-of-state college or university, having business outside the city or county of residence on Election Day and more.

Local voter registration offices will be open from Monday through Friday during regular hours — also on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 — for those who plan to vote absentee in-person.

“If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day,” Department of Elections Commissioner Christopher Piper said, “casting an absentee ballot is a great option.”

The Virginia Department of Elections wants people planning to vote on Nov. 5 to remember a few key deadlines:

  • Registering to vote — Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
  • Absentee voting begins — Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
  • Applying for an absentee ballot by mail — Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
  • Voting absentee in-person — Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
  • Voter registration offices will receive absentee ballots until 7 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2019

You can apply for an absentee ballot here.

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