Early in-person voting begins Friday in Virginia. What you need to know before casting a ballot.

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The November election is 47 days away, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to cast a ballot. Starting Friday, Sept. 18, registered voters can cast an early in-person ballot in Virginia. So what do you need to know before going to an early voting location?

No Excuse Early Voting

Used to be, voters needed a reason to vote early (i.e. illness, out of town, etc.) but that is not the case any longer. Virginia now allows so-called “no excuse” early voting. The Virginia Department of Elections (VDE) says to call your local city or county registrar to get information on voting early in-person. You can find your registrar here. In-person early voting ends Oct. 31.

Vote by Mail

There has been a lot of talk about voting by mail this year. If you want to vote by mail in Virginia, you must request an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the local voter registration office by Nov. 6, to be counted. If you want to drop your ballot in-person, it should be marked, sealed, and dropped at the local voter registration office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can request a vote-by-mail form at elections.virginia.gov/forms.

Get Your Virginia Voter Record and More

Not sure if you are registered? Need to find our who is running for office in your area? You can do all of that in the “Citizen Portal” at the VDE website at elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/.


Any other questions about elections can be answered by visiting the VDE website at elections.virginia.gov.

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