Things To Know When Voting Absentee

        Virginia is a No Excuse Absentee State — you do not need to have a reason or excuse to vote early or absentee
        You can request your absentee ballot at any time for the November election
        Ballots will be mailed 45 days prior to election day
        Military and overseas voters can find specific information regarding absentee voting on the state military and overseas voting page

How to Vote Absentee – 4 Simple Steps

  1. Online: As of October 23rd, the easiest way to request your ballot is through the state’s website.
  2. By Mail: you can fill out a paper copy and mail it back to your local registrar’s office directly. You can look up your registrar’s mailing address here.
  3. By Fax or Email: you can return the completed and signed form to your local registrar’s office by fax or scanned attachment to an email. For a list of local registrar contact information please click here.

To track the status of your absentee ballot request, you can use the Citizen Portal. Enter the required information and click “Submit.”

To track the status of your absentee ballot in real time, from it being sent to you, to it being approved – you can check your ballot status via or via the state portal Ballot Scout.

Once you receive your ballot, carefully review the instructions and return it via three ways:

  1. By Mail: it must be postmarked on or before election day and received by your general registrar’s office by noon on the third day following the election.
  2. In Person: return your ballot to your local general registrar’s office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  3. Drop Box/Satellite Location: a voter may also return their absentee ballot to a drop-off location or satellite location. For more information, review the absentee instructions provided in your absentee ballot mailing.

Early Voting In-Person

You have the option to cast your vote in person, before Election Day at your local registrar’s office. This option starts 45 days prior to Election Day which is September 22, 2023, and runs until the Saturday immediately before November 7, 2023. Prior to visiting the local registrar’s office, it is advisable to verify your registration status or contact the registrar’s office. You can locate the phone number of your registrar’s office here. To vote early in-person, please follow these steps:

  • 45 days before Election Day, make a visit to your local registrar’s office or a designated satellite voting location within your county or city to exercise your early voting right. Remember that the last day for early voting is the Saturday prior to Election Day.
  • You are not required to provide a reason or complete an application to vote early.
  • When at the registrar’s office or satellite voting location, furnish your name and address and present an acceptable form of identification or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. Failure to provide acceptable identification will necessitate the signing of an ID Confirmation Statement, or alternatively, a provisional ballot will be offered to you. You have until noon on the following Friday to complete the ID Confirmation Statement.


The outcome this November will be determined by a couple hundred votes. Your vote matters. Just a few moments of your time will have a lasting impact on the Commonwealth. You can Secure Your Vote before Election Day. Join the permanent absentee list or make a plan to vote early by mail or in person.