Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Virginia vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: November 3, 2019
Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 23, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 23, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 23, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Virginia vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, all counties will have absentee ballot drop off boxes.
For the November 3, 2020 election, all postage for vote by mail ballots will be paid for by the Office of the Secretary.
Almost all registered Virginia voters can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
If you registered to vote by mailing in your voter registration application AND it is your first time voting in your district --- you cannot vote by mail unless you meet one of the following conditions:
You are a student attending college/university outside of your city/county of residence in Virginia
You have a disability or illness that prevents you from voting in person
You are pregnant
You are confined awaiting trial or you are confined following conviction for a misdemeanor
You are active duty merchant marine or in the armed forces or a spouse or dependent of an active duty service member
You are temporarily residing outside of the United States
You have moved to another state less than thirty days before a Presidential election and you are requesting a ballot for Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors only
You are age 65 or older
Virginia vote by mail ID requirements
Virginia voters must include the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot. If you request a ballot IN PERSON, you must show ID.
Acceptable ID include: a voter confirmation documents; a Virginia driver's license; a Virginia state ID; a government issued photo ID; a US passport; a student photo ID issued by a US college or university; a valid employee photo ID; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing your name and address. If you do not have the above, you may sign an affidavit.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Virginia vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.