To vote early, please follow these steps:
- Decide whether you would like to vote by mail or in person by examining factors such as your ability to get to the Voter Registration Office and the proximity of the election.
- Early Voting begins in your local Office of Voter Registration 45 days before each election, during all office hours (normally 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Mon - Fri) and ends at 5:00 PM on the last Saturday before the election. The office is open the last Saturday before any primary, and the last two Saturdays before any November election, and may set additional hours. See our home page for that information.
- Voting early in the Voter Registration Office will be similar to how you would in the precinct on Election Day. Please bring acceptable ID (PDF) or be prepared to complete an Affirmation of Eligibility in order to vote.
- Curbside voting is always available to anyone with a disability, limited mobility or over the age of 65. Call us if you have any questions at 434-970-3250.
- If you would like a ballot mailed to you, apply online at the Virginia Department of Elections. Complete all fields, including whether or not you need assistance casting your ballot, and all requested personal information. You must have a Virginia DMV-issued ID in order to complete the process online. The application is also available in the Voter Registration Office and can be printed Virginia Vote By Mail Application (PDF).
- Return the application to the Office of Voter Registration online or by mail, fax or email (a scanned image or clear photograph). We must receive your application no later than 5 PM eleven days prior to the election. Please apply earlier if you can. Ballots are mailed starting 45 days before the election. Make sure that you will have enough time to receive, vote and return your ballot by mail. Your mail ballot must either be hand delivered by 7:00 PM on Election Day or postmarked by the day of the election and received in the office by noon on the following Friday.
Voting by Mail
The following steps apply to voting by mail only:
- Look for your ballot in the mail. Please call the Voter Registration Office at 434-970-3250 if you do not receive it. Ballots begin being mailed 45 days prior to the election.
- Once you receive your ballot, open it in the presence of a witness, mark it privately as you see fit, then seal it in the envelope "B" provided. Be sure to completely fill out envelope "B", sign it, and get your witness** to sign it.
- If you said on the application that you would need assistance in reading or marking your ballot, a blue assistance form was sent with your ballot. It should be completed (whether or not assistance was needed), signed and mailed back.
- Once your ballot has been voted, and the envelope signed and witnessed, mail or hand deliver your ballot to the Voter Registration Office. Your ballot must be hand delivered by 7pm on Election Day or postmarked by the day of the election and received in the office by noon on the following Friday. There is a secure ballot drop box right outside the Voter Registration Office available 24/7 to accept mail ballots.
The Office of Voter Registration recommends that you apply early for a mail ballot. Please contact our office if you do not receive your mail ballot in a timely fashion.
If you choose to vote early in-person, it is recommend that you vote within the first three weeks of the in-person voting period to avoid longer lines.