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. You may apply for an absentee ballot if you meet one of the following requirements:
- being a student or the spouse of a student outside Bedford County
- away on business
- will be at your work place 11 or more hours between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- will be away on personal business or vacation
- are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability
- are the primary caregiver of a confined family member
- have a religious obligation
- are confined awaiting tria
- are an election official
- are on active duty in the military
- are the spouse or dependent residing with a member of the military
- are an overseas citizen whose most recent United States residence was Bedford County
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.
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 from the following web link: www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Absentee_Voting/Index.html
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 seven (7) days prior to the election.
STEP 2: The Absentee Ballot Once an application is on file, 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.
FAQWhen 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 the County Administration building, 122 East Main Street, 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.
Where should I return my absentee ballot? To the address noted on the enclosed envelope prior to election day or to the Central Absentee Precinct on election day. Ballots cannot be returned to your polling location on the day of election.
You are encouraged to call the office at 540-586-7649 if you have other questionss