Absentee Voting

Can I vote absentee? Yes

  • if you are a registered voter and will be out of town on election day
  • if you are a student attending a school or institution of learning
  • if you are a spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
  • business outside county/city of residence on election day
  • personal business or vacation outside county/city of residence on election day
  • if you are working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on election day
  • you are a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
  • an electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • if you are a authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place
  • if you are pregnant
  • if you cannot go to the polls because of illness or disability
  • if you cannot go to the polls because you are the person responsible for the care of a sick or disabled family member who is unable to leave home
  • if you are confined awaiting trail
  • if you are confined having been convicted of a misdemeanor
  • if you are active-duty member of the Merchant Marine or the Armed Forces
  • if you are the spouse or a dependent of an active-duty member of the Merchant Marine or the Armed Forces
  • if you are temporarily residing outside the U.S. or are a cohabiting spouse or dependent of a person temporarily residing outside the U.S.
  • if you are unable to go to the polls because of an obligation occasioned by religion

Applying to Vote Absentee:

When and how can I apply for an absentee ballot?

BY MAIL/FAX: Application must be received by the General Registrar by the Tuesday before the election. Please apply early to allow time to receive your ballot and return it by Election Day.

IN PERSON: Application must be made and ballot voted by 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday before the election in the Office of the General Registrar. Ballots generally are available 45 days prior to an election. Call ahead to inquire availability of ballot (540)459-6195. In person Absentee voting for the November General Election starts Friday, September 21st, 2018.

  • For information on emergency absentee voting (for certain emergency circumstances) until 2:00 P.M. the day before the election, call the Registrar’s office.

Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Application form (.pdf).

  • Return the completed form to your local registrar’s office.
  • After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail.
  • Carefully review the instructions to complete and return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Mail your Absentee Ballot Application to:

Lisa W. McDonald, General Registrar
600 N. Main St., Suite 103
Woodstock, VA  22664
  • You can check the status of a submitted absentee application and the status of an absentee ballot by using this online tool.

How can active duty military, their dependents, and citizens residing overseas apply to vote?

  • Military and overseas voters can find specific voting information on our Military and Overseas page.
  • All absentee application forms can be found on our Voter Forms page.
  • You can check to see if you absentee application was received, your ballot sent or received by going to our online tool.