RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Early in-person voting for the June primaries kicks off on Friday, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Meanwhile, election officials announced on Thursday, April 22 that absentee ballots will be sent to all voters who requested a ballot by mail.
According to the department, any registered voter is allowed to request an absentee ballot, either in-person or by mail. Voters can request a mailed ballot online, find a vote-by-mail ballot form online, or contact your local voter registration office and ask them to mail you an application.
However, you want to vote in person, all you need to do is go to your general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show them your ID, and cast a ballot — no appointment necessary.
The June 8 primaries include the Democratic primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as the Democratic and Republican primaries for the House of Delegates and local offices.
The Virginia Department of Elections shared some deadlines to keep in mind as the June primary elections approach:
- In-person absentee voting begins on Friday, April 23.
- The deadline to register to vote or to update an existing registration is Monday, May 17.
- The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28.
- In-person absentee voting ends on Saturday, June 5.
- Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 8, and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, June 11.
- Voters can drop off your marked and sealed ballots at a drop-off location at your local voter registration office or polling place until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8.
If you believe you may not have witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the June 8 primary election, officials say you are not required to have a witness present.
In addition, if you are blind, have low vision, or have impaired manual dexterity, the department says you are allowed vote with an absentee ballot via an electronic ballot marking tool. Follow this link for more information about accessible voting options.
If you have questions about the June 8 primary election, you are encouraged to call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit elections.virginia.gov.