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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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any registered voter may request to vote by absentee ballot using reason code 2A.

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

 Important Information Regarding the Tuesday June 23, 2020 Primary:

 Absentee Voting for the Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Primary Begins Saturday, May 9, 2020

Deadline to Apply for Mailed Absentee Applications is Tuesday, June 16, 2020

(The Governor has amended his Executive Order 56 regarding the last day to register to vote)

Absentee voting for the Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Primary begins statewide on Saturday, May 9, 2020 Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office during normal office hours or by mail.

To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.  Voters can request an absentee ballot online at

Important dates to remember if voting in the Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Primary Election:

  •  The deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

  •  In-person absentee voting is available in Bedford County Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

  •  The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020..

  •  The deadline for the voter registration office to receive absentee ballots is 7 p.m. on: Election Day, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 

If requesting an absentee ballot by mail, the Department of Elections advises applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery. The Governor is encouraging voters to use the absentee voting process to vote from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit

Absentee voting in person:

Voters may come to our office and fill out the absentee ballot application, then vote their ballot in the office. Due to the COVID019 pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, we are encouraging voters to vote from home using the absentee voting by mail option described below. 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 military 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. The application deadline for the June 23 primary is June 16, 2020.

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.