Absentee voting for the Presidential election begins Friday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

RICHMOND, VA (WRIC)  – Absentee voting for the November 8 Presidential Election begins Friday.

Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.

To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.

“The Department of Elections offers many online tools to provide voters the information they need to have a positive experience on Election Day,” said Edgardo Cortés, the Commissioner of Elections. ”

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday through Friday during regular office hours and on Saturday, October 29 and Saturday, November 5. The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, November 5. Office hours and locations for in-person absentee voting vary by locality and are available online here.

Voters who want to vote an absentee ballot by mail must apply before 5 p.m. on November 1.

Absentee ballots by mail must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters can request an absentee ballot online using the Department’s secure online Citizen Portal at here. If you need to request a ballot by mail, it’s advised applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery.

Eligible Virginians may register to vote online or by submitting a completed voter registration form to their local general registrar’s office. The last day to register to vote for the Presidential Election is October 17. Registrations must be received or postmarked by this date.

Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit this link.

Voters can also find information about the upcoming election and check their registration status on the site. The Department of Elections’ toll free number is 1-800-552-9745.

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