Absentee voting

If you know that you will be away from your voting precinct on election day or you are physically unable to vote in person, you may apply for an absentee ballot.
Military and overseas Absentee Voter Notice

Military and overseas voters can find specific information ont the Virginia Department of Elections website.


Absentee voting in person:
Voters may come to our office and fill out the absentee ballot application, then vote their ballot in the office. The deadline for voting absentee in person is 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. If you are not already registered, you will have to wait 5 days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exceptions for militay and overseas voters only.)

Absentee voting by mail
STEP 1: The Absentee Ballot Application Voters must first submit an application for an absentee ballot. To request an application for an absentee ballot: call, write, fax or e-mail our office. For office information please go to Office Information. You may also download an application.

Applications for an absentee ballot may be received in person, by mail or by fax. Our fax number is (540)586-8358.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received no later than 5pm on the Tuesday prior to the election.

STEP 2: The Absentee Ballot Once an application has been processed, we will mail you an absentee ballot. Ballots that have been mailed must be returned by mail or personally brought into the office by the voter. Ballots may not be faxed to the voter or returned to us by fax. Ballots are not available on the internet.

STEP 3: Return ballot Complete and return your ballot to your local Registrar by 7pm on Election Day.



When will I get my ballot? Ballots are mailed 45 days before each general election. When applications are received during the 45 days prior to the election, the ballots are mailed the next business day after the application is received.

How is my ballot counted? All absentee ballots are counted Election Day at the Central Abesentee Precinct (CAP) located in the New Registrar Location, 321 North Bridge Street, Suite 200 Bedford. All absentee ballots must be received at the location before 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

What are the reasons my ballot would not be counted? Required information is missing on Envelope B.  No signature on Envelope B. No witness signature. Ballots are improperly marked. Ballot was received after Election day.

You are encouraged to call the office at 540-586-7649 if you have other questions. You may also visit the Virginia Department of Elections for additional information.