Who Can Vote Absentee?

​​​​Important Information: A witness is no longer required for completing the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application, the Federal Post Card Application, or the Request to Cancel Voter Registration.

In order to vote by absentee ballot, voters must apply.  Applications are available to the right under Related Information.  To vote by mail the application is due by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the election. The last day to vote absentee in person at your local registrar's office is the Saturday preceding the election. All absentee ballots must be submitted to the local registrar's office by the time the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. All absentee ballots properly cast will be counted.

Under Virginia law a registered voter who meets one of the following requirements may qualify to vote by absentee ballot.

  • ​A student, or the spouse of a student attending school.
  • A person who will be away from the city on business or vacation.
  • A person who is unable to vote in person because of a disability or illness, or the Primary Care Giver of a confined family member.
  • A person who is pregnant on the date of applying to vote absentee.​
  • A person confined awaiting trial.
  • A person confined, convicted of a misdemeanor.
  • A member of an Electoral Board, Voter Registrar's Office, Officer of an Election or Custodian of voting machines.
  • A person with a religious obligation.
  • An active duty member of a U.S. Uniformed Service or the U.S. Merchant Marine, their spouse and dependents.
  • A person temporarily residing outside the continental United States, or a spouse or dependent residing with such person.
  • A person who will be working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on election day.
  • A member of a First Responder organization (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician or search and rescue)
  • A person who is requesting a ballot for presidential and vice presidential electors only.
  • ​A person who is working as a designated representative of a candidate or party inside polls on Election Day.
  • A person granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court.