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How to Vote by-Mail in Virginia for the local elections on May 5, 2020

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Virginia Voter Hotline
844-4VA-VOTE
(844-482-8683)


Important Dates

  • Deadline to register to vote for the local elections in May: Monday, April 13, 2020
    • By-Mail: must be postmarked by April 13th
    • Online: 11:59PM
    • In-Person: 5:00 PM
  • Deadline to request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by 5:00 PM
    • Must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 PM, either submitted online or received by your local registrar through email, mail, or fax
  • Deadline to return your Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7 PM (close of polls)

How to vote Absentee By-Mail in the local elections in May

To vote Absentee By-Mail, you must submit an application requesting an Absentee Ballot by Tuesday, April 28th at 5 PM. You can do this either online, by mail, by fax, or by email.

You need an excuse to vote Absentee. Below is the list of acceptable reasons and the supporting information required. Due to COVID-19, you can vote using “2A My disability or illness” to vote Absentee. No supporting information is required using 2A My disability or illness. Voters should request an Absentee Ballot as soon as possible so they can return their ballot before polls close on Election Day.


CodeReasonSupporting Information Required
1AStudent attending college or university outside of the Virginia locality they reside inName of college or university
1BSpouse of student attending college or university outside of the Virginia locality they reside inName of college or university
1CBusiness outside County/City of residence on Election DayName of employer or business
1DPersonal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election DayPlace of travel (VA County/City or State or Country)
1EWorking and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election DayName of employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM)
1FFirst responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)Not required
2AMy disability or illnessNot required
2BI am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at homeFamily Relationship
2CMy pregnancyNot required
3AConfined, awaiting trialName of institution
3BConfined, convicted of a misdemeanorName of institution
4AAn electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipmentNot required
5AI have a religious obligationNot required
6AActive Duty Merchant Marine or Armed ForcesBranch of service
6BSpouse or dependent living with a member of 6ABranch of service
6CTemporarily residing outside of USEnter your last date of residency at your Virginia voting residence only if you have given up that address permanently or have no intent to return
6DTemporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employeeName of business or employer
7ARequesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors onlyNew state of resident and date moved from Virginia. Only eligible if you moved less than 30 days before the presidential election.
8AAuthorized representative of candidate or party service inside the polling placeNot required
9AGranted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdictionName of the county or city in Virginia or the state of the issuing court

If you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by-mail, please call the Virginia Voter Hotline at 844-4VA-VOTE (844-482-8683) for more information.


Where are the local elections in May and how do I check to see if I am eligible to vote in a local election?

To see where there are local elections and a sample ballot, please click here.
If you are a registered voter, you can check if you are eligible to vote in a local election by accessing your voter registration record on the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal. To look up your voter registration record on the Citizen Portal, please click here.

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