Guide to Early and Mail-In Voting

Voting has already begun. Learn how to register, how to vote and know the deadlines for both.
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Thanks to new legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee. Any registered voter may request an absentee mail-in ballot or vote early in-person for any reason, including a desire to minimize exposure to COVID.

Mail in/Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are now available. To request a ballot be mailed to you for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election, you must be registered to vote in Virginia Beach and submit a Virginia Vote by Mail Application. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. and your ballot will be mailed upon receipt of a completed application.

Applications cannot be accepted if they are incomplete and must contain the last four digits of your social security number and your signature.

Once you receive your ballot and have filled it out, return it to the City of Virginia Beach Voter Registration & Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3) or postmarked on or before Election Day and received by noon on the third day after the election.

Please note that the U.S. Postal Service’s delivery standards have changed so that First Class delivery went from 1-3 days to 2-5 days and Standard delivery is now 2-9 days. Consider this when voting by mail. 

Submit your vote by mail application form online, via email to grabsenteevote@vbgov.com or mail it to:

Director of Elections/General Registrar
City of Virginia Beach
Voter Registration & Elections
P. O. Box 6247
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0247

Early In-Person Voting

Same-day early voting is currently underway in all Virginia localities. Early in-person voters are no longer required to complete an application prior to casting their ballot and no appointment is required. The experience will be similar to voting at your polling location on Election Day. Once you are checked in, you will receive a paper ballot to mark and be directed to the voting unit where your ballot will be scanned and tabulated. The entire process only takes a few minutes.

In-Person Early Voting Schedule

All locations below serve as ballot drop-off locations during listed hours.

Voter Registration & Elections
Municipal Center, Building 14
2449 Princess Anne Rd.
  • Monday – Friday, Sept. 18 – Oct. 30
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bayside Recreation Center 
4500 First Court Rd.
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 19 – 30
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 24 & Oct. 31
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Great Neck Recreation Center 
2521 Shorehaven Dr.
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 19 – 30
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 24 & Oct. 31
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seatack Recreation Center
141 S. Birdneck Rd.
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 19 – 30
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 24 & Oct. 31
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kempsville Treasurer’s Office
5340 Fairfield Shopping Center
  • Monday – Friday, Oct. 19 – 30
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 24 & Oct. 31
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you are 65 or older or have a physical disability, you may vote curbside.

You may view in-person early voting estimated wait times at VBgov.com/Voter  

Deadlines

Registration: 

  • In Virginia, voters may register online through Oct. 13
  • Mail in voter registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 13.
  • If registering in-person, the form must be completed by Oct. 13

Vote by Mail

  • Must request ballot by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 
  • If returning by mail, must be postmarked by Nov. 3
  • If returning in person, must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov .3

Early In-Person Voting

  • The deadline to vote early in-person is Sat., Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Where’s my ballot?

You may track your ballot at VBgov.com/Voter. The Ballot Scout absentee ballot tracking system tracks both ballot delivery to you as well as ballot delivery back to the Voter Registration & Elections Office. Simply enter the requested information at the provided link or call (757) 385-8683.

Voter ID

A law change as of July 1, 2020, requires all Virginia voters to show an acceptable form of identification before casting a ballot on Election Day or an in-person early vote ballot. Certain acceptable forms of identifications do not require a photo. If you do not have any acceptable form of identification you may either sign an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. If you choose to vote a provisional ballot you have until noon on the Friday following the election to provide an acceptable form of identification or to sign the ID Confirmation Statement to submit to the local Electoral Board.

Review the list of acceptable forms of ID here.


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