Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Virginia

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Virginia.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 05/06/2023 and ends on 06/17/2023

Early voting will be available at your local elections office and other locally designated locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in Virginia

In Virginia, voting by mail is a two step process: Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is June 9th. Step 2: Return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local registrar, locality's designated drop box or any polling place in your locality by 7 p.m. on June 20th.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by June 20th and received by three days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on June 20th. We recommend returning ASAP, as the post office may not be able to deliver within three days, even with the postmark.
Note: Virginia disqualifies some first time voters that registered to vote with a paper form and are voting for the first time in their locality from voting by mail. Click here to see what rules apply to you.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, sign the "Statement of Absentee Voter" on envelope B.

Grab a friend! After you complete your ballot, you must sign the absentee ballot return envelope in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign, too.

Use The Right Form of ID

Virginia voters must show valid photo ID or proof of residence when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail in a state election. In federal elections, first time mail voters do have to submit a copy of their ID. 

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
  • Polling place
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you decide to vote in person rather than use your absentee ballot, take the following steps:

Unsused ballot: First, go to your local registrar and return your ballot. Then, go to your polling place and vote in person on Election Day.

Lost ballot: You must go to your local registrar and sign a statement, at which point you are entitled to a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Made a mistake: If you made a mistake on your ballot, you may return it to your local registrar or to your polling place on Election Day. Then, vote in person.


Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Virginia

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Virginia First Time Voter Info