Important Information Regarding the November 2019 Election:
Absentee Voting for the 2019 General Election Begins Friday
Deadline to Apply for Mailed Absentee Applications is October 29
Absentee voting for the November 5, 2019 General Election begins statewide on Friday, September 20, 2019. Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office 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 elections.virginia.gov/absentee.
Important dates to remember if voting in the November 5 General Election:
The deadline to register to vote for the November General Election is Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
In-person absentee voting is available in Bedford County Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, October 26, 2019 and Saturday, November 2, 2019.
The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
The deadline for the voter registration office to receive absentee ballots is 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, 2019.
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.
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 elections.virginia.gov/voterid
To find more about the November General Election, visit vote.virginia.gov.
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 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.
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.