Early/Absentee Voting

​​​​​​​​​​Early Voting provides a means for qualified voters to participate in upcoming elections even though they may not be able to or choose not to go to the polls on Election Day.

Early in person voting begins at least 45 days before most elections and ends for in person absentee voters on the Saturday before the election.

In person early voting for the November 3, 2020 General and Special Elections begins on Friday, September 18, 2020 and ends on Saturday, October 31, 2020 (9am-5pm) in our office at the Municipal Center, Bldg. 14 (2449 Princess Anne Rd). Friday, October 23, 2020​ at 5:00pm is the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application requesting a ballot be mailed to you. Check out the 2020 Absentee Voting & Election Schedule under "Related Information" for details on additional times and locations. Click here for​ information if you'd like your ballot mailed to you.​ The first ballots will be mailed out on or about September 18, 2020.

When voting by mail the Vote by Mail Application Form​ can be submitted up to a year before the election, but no later than 5:00pm on the eleventh (11th) day before the election. Ballots for those applications received in advance are mailed no later than 45 day before most elections. Vote By Mail Application Forms received after that initial mailing will be mailed out with in 3 days. The last ballots are mailed no later than the day after that Friday 5:00pm deadline. Voter By Mail Application Forms should be mailed to P.O. Box 6247, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0247 or scanned and email to grabsenteevote@vbgov.com. Applications can also be submitted on​line​​ through the Department of Elections' website.

Notice to voters using US Mail Postal Service: the USPS delivery standards changed so that First Class delivery went from 1-3 days to 2-5 days and Standard delivery is now 2-9 days.   Please take this into consideration as you start thinking towards vote by mail voting for the election.


First Time Voting in This City/County (Section 7b)  - Federal Elections are exempt from this requirement  ​​​

If you registered to vote by mail and have not previously voted in your current city/county, you may only apply to vote by mail if you meet one of the qualifying exemptions; otherwise, you must vote in person. If you meet one or more of the exemptions listed, enter the code(s) in section 7b on the front of the application. This rule does not apply for Federal Elections.

Exemption Codes:

  1. I am a student attending college/university outside my city/county of residence in Virginia.
  2. I have a disability or illness that prevents me from voting in person.
  3. I am pregnant.
  4. I am confined either awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor.
  5. I am active duty merchant marine or in the armed forces, or a spouse or dependent of an active duty member.
  6. I am temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for a non-employment related reason. (Voter Registration Office: review VA Code §24.2-453)
  7. I am temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for employment or a spouse or dependent living with a person temporarily residing outside of the U.S. for employment.
  8. I have moved to another state less than 30 days before a presidential election and am requesting a ballot for the president and vice-president electors only (ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent).
  9. I am 65 years of age or older.


Vote By Mail/Early Voting FAQs

What are the November 3, 2020 early/vote by mail voting dates?

How do I Appy to Vote By Mail to Receive a Mail in Ballot (By Mail)?

How do I Vote an Early/Absentee Ballot (In Person)?

Who Can Vote Early?

Are there additio​nal options for Military and Overseas Voters?​ (provided by the Virginia Department of Elections)