November election deadlines approaching

Published 7:09 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Several deadlines are approaching for voters who want to cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 election.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Voters can drop off their marked and sealed ballots at their local registrar’s office or polling place by 7 p.m. on Election Day. If returned by mail, absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by noon on Nov. 6.

In addition to regularly scheduled hours, local voter registration offices will be open Oct. 24, and Oct. 31 for early in-person voting. The last day for early in-person voting is Oct. 31. Registered voters do not need to provide a reason for voting absentee and you do not have to fill out an application to vote early and in person; they can simply go to their general registrar’s office or a satellite voting location, show ID and cast a ballot.

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Anyone with questions about voting identification requirements or any aspects of the upcoming Nov. 3 general election may contact the Virginia Department of Elections at 800-552-9745, by email at, or visit for more information. Voters can track the status of their ballot applications online at, and the department also shares information through social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.