Absentee voting begins in Virginia

It seems hard to believe, but it’s time to vote.

Election Day, November 7, is a little over six weeks away. But absentee voting in Virginia begins today, September 21.

On the ballot are candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates, as well as a public school bond referendum. Here some sample ballots, divided by Virginia House of Delegate district.

Fairfax County election officials actually encourage voting absentee. That’s because they’re expecting a large turnout by the county’s 680,000-plus active registered voters. They say you might want to consider voting absentee if you have a disability, you’re a first responder or even if you have a long commute. There are actually 19 valid reasons for someone to vote by absentee ballot.

      • Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia
      • Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
      • Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day
      • Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day
      • Working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day
      • A first responder (member of law enforcement, firefighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
      • Disabled or sick
      • Primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home
      • Pregnant
      • Confined, awaiting trial
      • Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor
      • An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
      • A religious obligation
      • Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
      • Spouse or dependent living with a member of Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
      • Temporarily residing outside of U.S.
      • Temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee
      • Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place
      • Granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction.

You can vote absentee by mail and there are also ten locations in Fairfax County where you can “early-vote” in person. You can find more information about both methods, including early voting locations, here.




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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.