Friday marks first day of early in-person voting for Virginia’s November general election

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Get your ballots ready because the first day of early in-person voting for the November general election in Virginia is scheduled for Friday.

If you want to vote in person, the Virginia Department of Elections says you do not have to fill out an application. All you need to do is go to your general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show an acceptable form of ID, and cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, officials say that all voters who have requested a ballot by mail will receive an absentee ballot.

According to the department, any registered voter may request an absentee ballot in-person or by mail. You can request a mailed ballot online, find a vote-by-mail ballot application online, or contact your local voter registration office and ask them to mail you an application.

Since elections officials expect a high volume of mail-in votes, anyone who wishes to vote by mail is encouraged to request and return their ballots as soon as possible. You can track the status of your ballot application by either following this link or by calling your local registrar’s office.

If you are blind, have low vision, or have impaired manual dexterity, you have the option of using an electronic ballot marking tool to vote with an absentee ballot.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind for the November general election in Virginia:

  • Early in-person voting starts on Friday, Sept. 17.
  • Absentee ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.
  • Early in-person voting ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30
  • Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 2 — and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, Nov. 5.
  • Voters can drop off their marked and sealed ballots at a drop off location at the local voter registration office or polling place until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

If you have any questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting, or any aspect of the November 2021 election, you are asked to call the Virginia Department of Elections at 800-552-9745, email the department at info@elections.virginia.gov, or visit the department’s website.

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