Can I vote by mail in the state of Virginia?

Qualified voters can vote by mail in the state of Virginia by submitting an absentee ballot application, which must be requested by the Tuesday prior to the election. In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot, either in person or by mail, you must meet certain qualifications. You can vote by mail if you will be out of your county or city in which you are registered to vote on Election Day, or if the school attendance of you or your spouse makes you unable to vote where you are registered on Election Day. You can also vote in Virginia by mail if you are unable to vote in person due to pregnancy, illness, and/or disability, or if you are the primary caretaker of an ill or disabled person. Furthermore, you can vote an absentee ballot by mail if you are incarcerated awaiting trial, or due to a misdemeanor conviction, so long as your trial or release date is at least three (3) days prior to the election. You can also vote by mail if you must work during the hours that the polls are open on Election Day, if you cannot vote in person due to a religious observance, or if you are an election official.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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