Oct. 22 marks final day to request your mail-in ballot for Virginia’s November election

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In this Aug. 30, 2021, file photo, mail-in ballots run through a sorting machine at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif. Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The nation’s most populous state mailed everyone a ballot in the two most recent elections due to concerns about voting during the pandemic. Newsom’s signature makes that change permanent. Even prior to the pandemic, most Californians were receiving ballots in the mail. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

(WFXR) — Virginia voters, if you want to cast a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 2 election, Friday is your final chance to submit your ballot request.

According to the Virginia Department of Elections, you can apply for a mail-in ballot online using the department’s Citizen Portal.

You can also download a paper ballot application; fill it out; and submit it to your local voter registration office by mail, fax, or email. In order to find the contact information for your local voter registration office, follow this link.

According to officials, any applications received by the local voter registration office after 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 will not be accepted.

You are encouraged to return your absentee ballot as soon as possible using one of the following methods:

  • Mail the ballot via USPS or a commercial delivery service, such as FedEx or UPS, but the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day. All absentee ballots include pre-paid postage through the USPS.
  • Place the ballot in a drop-off location listed on your county or city’s official website.
  • Deliver the ballot to the Office of the General Registrar in your county or city.
  • Drop the ballot off at any polling place within your county or city on Election Day, which is Nov. 2.

Officials say that voters can choose to receive a mail-in ballot just for the November General Election or receive mail-in ballots automatically for every election in which you are eligible until you request to be taken off the permanent absentee list.

If a voter is print disabled, you may request an absentee ballot electronically to mark your ballot using an electronic ballot-marking tool. If you choose this absentee voting option, the ballot will be delivered by email and can be marked using screen reader assistive technology. You can learn more about this option online or by contacting the local voter registration office.

For more information about absentee and early voting for the Nov. 2 election, follow this link.

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