If you will be out of town or will have difficulty getting to the polls on elections day you can vote early. Bring a current photo ID.
1. IN PERSON Early Voting: This is the easiest way to be certain of voting and that your vote will count. All you need to do is go to the County Office building on 5th Street extension (directions) and vote in person on the machine just like you would on election day. Be certain to bring valid ID. If you are anticipate travel out of county of election day (for work, vacation, shopping or any personal business or business reason) you are eligible for early voting (among other reasons, see here).
Office hours for in person absentee ballot voting:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday Voting is available on October 25 and November 1. The last two Saturdays before the election Last day to vote early is Saturday November 1 by 5:00 pm. Do it now!
2. Absentee Ballot Applications are now being accepted in the Registrar’s Office at the 5th Street County Office Building.
Call 434-972-4173 for information, or email the department VoteAbsentee@albemarle.org
3. 100-Day Notice for Military and Overseas Absentee Voters
Absentee ballots are available approximately 45 days prior to an election. The Registrar’s office is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the two Saturdays prior to a November General election for in-person voting, and the Saturday before a primary or special election. (SO, In-Person Absentee voting begins on Friday (this week), 19 September and the last day to do an in-person Absentee Vote is Saturday, 1 Nov by 5 PM)
Citizens who will be absent from Albemarle County on Election Day, or who are unable to go to the polls because of any reason currently accepted under Virginia law can apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Another alternative is to vote an in-person absentee ballot. In-person absentee voting is conducted in the Voter Registration and Elections Office during the 45 days preceding an election.
*Contact our office at 434-972-4173 for emergency voting provisions available after these deadlines. NOTE: IF YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE BY MAIL OR AT A NON-OFFICIAL REGISTRATION SITE, AND ARE A FIRST TIME VOTER IN VIRGINIA, YOU MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO VOTE IN PERSON. PLEASE CONTACT 434-972-4173 FOR DETAILS.
Who Can Vote Absentee?
Valid reasons for voting absentee include:Students at institutions of higher learning and their spouses Absent for business, personal business, or vacation Unable to go to the polls due to physical disability, illness or pregnancy Primary caretaker of ill or disabled family member Religious obligations that preclude in-person voting at the polls Working (or commuting) 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open (between 6:00 am and 7:00 p.m.) First responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue) Awaiting trial and under confinement Confined for misdemeanor convictions Serving as an electoral board member, registrar, election official, or voting machine custodian Active duty uniformed services or merchant marine personnel and their dependents Temporarily residing outside of U.S. Regularly employed outside the U.S. and dependents Authorized representative of a candidate or party inside the polling place
The rules are very broad and forgiving, so if you think you may have a conflict on 4 Nov, or a transportation problem, or have mobility issues, etc (see above), go the Registrar’s Office at your convenience and VOTE .. . your ballot will be machine-counted immediately and included in the results of the total count on 4 November!
(NOTE: All voter Identification rules apply, which includes a Photo ID for this election)