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Organisation : Virginia Department of Elections
Facility : Absentee Voting
Country : Virginia

Absentee Voting : http://elections.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/
Home Page : http://elections.virginia.gov/

Absentee Voting :
Applying to Vote Absentee :
** Military and overseas voters can find specific information on our Military and Overseas page.
** All absentee application forms can be found on our Voter Forms page.
** You can check to see if you absentee application was received, your ballot sent or received by going to our online tool.

By Mail, Fax or Email :
** Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Application form (.pdf).
** Return the completed and signed form to your local registrar’s office by mail, fax or scanned attachment to an email. Contact information for your local general registrar’s office is available from the home page at “Contact Local Office.”
** After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail.
** Carefully review the instructions to complete and return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Please note that a family caregiver voting for the first time in your locality is required to vote in person; this first-time vote in person requirement does not apply to persons with disabilities.

Completing an Absentee Ballot Application:
In Person :
** An application completed in person can be made up to three days before the election in which the applicant wishes to vote and completed in the office of the local registrar.
** The applicant signs the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary of the electoral board.
** Some large localities offer satellite locations for in-person absentee voting.
** Check with your local registrar for locations and times.
** An applicant generally cannot both register to vote in person and vote absentee in person at the same time.
** If you register to vote in person, your absentee ballot cannot be issued until five days after you are registered.
** The only exception is absent military and overseas voters eligible under a federal law.
** Registered voters who vote absentee in person are subject to the same rules that apply to voting at the polls.
** If acceptable identification is not provided, a provisional ballot will be offered and the voter is allowed until Friday noon after the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board.
** Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.

By Mail, fax or email :
** Applications can be sent by mail to the office of the local registrar.
** The signed and completed application must be received by the local registrar located in the city or county that you are registered to vote by 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time on the Tuesday prior to the election in which the applicant wishes to vote.
** A completed and signed application can also be transmitted electronically by fax or as scanned attachment to an email.
** Contact information for your local general registrar’s office is available from the home page at “Contact Local Office.”
** Some first-time voters, including one under age 65 caring for a family member confined by illness, cannot vote absentee by mail.
** Check with your registrar to confirm absentee by mail eligibility.
** If your absentee ballot never arrives or there is not enough time to make another request, you can vote curbside on or before election day if you have a physical disability or are over age 65.
** You may experience delays.

Emergency Absentee Voting :
There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting with different procedures for each:

Incapacity with Designated Representative (Va. Code § 24.2-705) :
Eligibility :
** Voter became ill or incapacitated on or after the 7th day preceding the election
** Voter became hospitalized on or after the 14th day preceding the election, but still in hospital and condition has made unable to request an absentee ballot earlier than the 7th day before an election
** Bereaved by a “family member” as defined by 24.2-705.1(2)
** Other comparably incapacitating emergency found by the Electoral Board to justify providing an emergency ballot application.

Voter Requirements :
** Designated representative may request through the day before the election
** Completed application must be delivered back to the local registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. the day before the election
** Voted ballot must be returned before polls close on election day (exception allows designated representative to return the voted ballot)

Voter Plans Change After Noon Saturday (Va. Code § 24.2-705.1) :
Eligibility :
** Late assignment of an Election Officer
** Required emergency travel for business, hospitalization or death in immediate family

Voter Requirements :
** Apply and vote in person by 2:00 p.m. on the day preceding the election

Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Absentee By Mail Voters :
For persons who registered to vote in Virginia by mail, federal law requires them to show identification (ID) when voting for the first time in a federal election if they did not send a copy of one of these IDs with their voter registration applications. Recent legislation has eliminated the differences in acceptable identification for in-person voting. Therefore, the special federal ID requirements only apply to certain absentee voters by mail who will be notified by a notice explaining the requirements sent with their absentee ballot. Voters who receive a notice about this special requirements need to include a copy of any of the following types of ID with the voted ballot

** A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
** or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
** or another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card). If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.

If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters

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