Voting Absentee

You may be able to vote an absentee ballot if you can not go to the polls on Election Day.  Some of the reasons allowed for voting absentee include disability, active duty military, attending school out of town or vacation out of town.  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the next page to see a complete list of reasons.

There are two ways to vote absentee:

1)  Vote in person at your local voter registration office.  You  will be asked to fill out an Absentee Ballot Application 
       and provide a photo ID.  If you do not have an ID, ask how you can get a free one made for voting purposes only.

 2)  Vote by mail.  Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and submit it to your local voter registration office.  
       Once your application has been approved and ballots are available, one will be mailed to you.

If you are not already registered, there is a five day waiting period after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only).

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

Apply using the online portal  or by printing a Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.   Submit your application as soon as you know you will not be able to go to the polls on Election Day, but no earlier than 12 months before the election date. For a mail ballot, your application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election (postmarked not accepted). Paper applications may be returned by:
  Fax - (276) 645-7331
  Mail - Office of Voter Registration, 300 Lee St. Bristol, VA 24201
  Email - scan completed and signed application and email to
In-person absentee voting is available at the office 45 days before the election and ends at 5:00 pm on the last Saturday before the election.

Under Virginia law, all absentee ballots must either be voted in person at our office, or sent directly to the voter by mail. Ballots cannot
be sent in care of or returned by another individual. We use certified first-class U.S. mail to send ballots within the U.S. and a special prepaid U.S. postage permit for overseas ballots.


Voters with Disabilities

Certain individuals who are physically disabled or ill may submit an Annual Absentee Application to cover all elections in one calendar year. The first application must include a one-time signature of your physician or religious practitioner. A new application will be mailed to you each December to update your information for the coming year. If you would like one of these applications sent to you, please contact the office at (276) 645-7318.

Military and Overseas Voters