Vote at Home
Vote at Home Information
Vote at Home
Effective July 1, 2020, all registered voters in Virginia are eligible to request, receive, mark and return their ballot all from the comfort of their own home. Not only is it easy, but it’s safe and secure too.
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- Start requesting vote at home ballots – Immediately
- First batch of ballots to be mailed – September 18, 2020 (if you have already applied, your ballot will mail on September 18)
- Deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you – October 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Deadline to return your mail ballot – Election Day, November 3, 2020…postmarked, no later than noon, November 6, 2020.
Is Voting at Home Secure? Yes. Here’s How it Works:
- You’ll request your ballot and verify your identity via a secure website run by the Virginia Department of Elections. Your request will be routed to our office and one of our sworn registrars will do further verification checks and approve the request, marking you as having requested a ballot. Then the absentee voting team will prepare your ballot for mailing and ensure that everything you need is included.
- Once you receive your ballot, you’ll mark it in private…a witness signature is not required this election, but if you wish - have someone witness that it was you that did it (they don’t watch you vote, just verify it was you that voted), and mail it back to us via U.S. mail, or drop it off at our office.
- Once we receive the ballot back, we’ll check it in and mark it as returned, and turn it over to the Central Absentee Precinct for processing.
- You’ll be able to check the status of your ballot (applied, approved, received, etc.) via the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.
- While the ballot is in the mail (on its way to you and back to us), you’ll be able to track its progress and expected delivery dates here.
Things to Know:
- Once you request your ballot by mail, that is your ballot. There is no need to go to your precinct on election day, just return the ballot you were sent and you are good to go.
- Ballots can be mailed back via USPS, UPS, FedEx or carrier of your choice (address is on the envelopes provided), or can be dropped off at the Office of Elections, 4708 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg VA 22407.
- If you do request a ballot be mailed to you and choose to go to the precinct on election day, you will likely encounter longer than normal wait times because election officials will have to do some processing to switch you back over to voting in person. You will have to surrender the ballot and answer some questions before officials can issue a new ballot.
- If you make a mistake while filling out your ballot, don’t worry. Just give us a call at 540-507-7380 and we’ll get a new one sent to you right away.
- If you indicate that you will need assistance filling out the ballot, you must return the request for assistance form included in your ballot packet or your ballot cannot be counted.
Ready to Request your Ballot?
Read the information below to prepare. Once you’re ready, go to the Virginia Department of Elections website and follow the prompts that guide you through the process.
Have the following information handy before you start:
- Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued ID card
- Social Security Number
- Name, Address, Date of Birth
- Ballot Delivery Address (if not your residence address)
- Phone Number and/or Email (so we can contact you if any issues pop up)
A few questions you’ll be asked:
- Are you currently residing in Virginia or do you now live outside the United States?
- Are you a member or spouse of an armed services member or citizen overseas?
- Would you like to vote by mail in the next election or in all remaining elections this year?
- Would you like your ballot delivered to a different address than your residence?
- Do you need assistance? (If so you’ll be sent a form that you will fill out and return with the ballot.)