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In-person voting begins in Virginia September 18

Requested absentee ballots will also be sent
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Posted at 12:54 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 22:17:57-04

In-person voting begins Friday, September 18, 2020, the Virginia Department of Elections said in a release.

Absentee ballots will also be sent to all voters who have requested a ballot by mail.

According to the VDOE, any registered voter may request an absentee ballot in-person or by mail. Voters can request a mailed ballot online here, or can find a vote-by-mail ballot form here.

Contact information for local registrars can also be found here.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020 and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at a drop off location at their local voter registration office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Early in-person voting ends October 31, 2020.

Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person. Voters can simply go to their general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show ID and cast a ballot.

More information about what IDs are considered acceptable can be found here.

Because of the anticipated high volume of mail-in votes, the Department of Elections is urging all those who wish to vote by mail to request and return their ballots as soon as possible.

Voters can track the status of their ballot applications online here. They can also call their local registrar's office to determine the status of their application.

If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present.

Also, if you are blind or have low vision or have impaired manual dexterity, you have the option of voting an absentee ballot using an electronic ballot marking tool.

Click here for full Election 2020 coverage.

Virginia and North Carolina Election Resources

Key Dates and Deadlines

North Carolina

Oct. 9: Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 15-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 27: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting

Virginia

Oct. 13: Voter Registration Deadline Sept. 18-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting