Vote at Home Information

Vote at Home

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.  

You have the option of applying for a single election or permanent absentee, you will receive a ballot for every election you are eligible to vote in.  

  • If you have previously submitted a request for permanent absentee and need to change the mailing address for an upcoming election download and submit the request found here.
  • If you have previously submitted a request for permanent absentee and wish to remove yourself from the permanent list complete and submit the request found here.

Please read this entire page and then apply for your vote at home ballot via the link in the Ready to Request Your Ballot section of this webpage.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022, General Election
    • Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you - Friday, October 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Is Voting at Home Secure?  Yes.  Here’s How it Works:

  1. 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.
  2. Once you receive your ballot, you’ll mark it in private, then 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. You’ll be able to check the status of your ballot (applied, approved, received, etc.) via the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
  5. 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.
  • 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. 
  • Make sure to read the instructions included with your ballot very carefully. It will help you ensure that your ballot is counted.
  • If you make a mistake while filling out your ballot, don’t worry.  Just give us a call at 703-777-0380 and we’ll get a new one sent to you right away.
  • If you will need assistance in filling out your ballot you can indicate that when you submit your request for a mail ballot.  A request for assistance form will be included in your ballot packet, if you receive assistance make sure that is filled out and returned.  If you will need assistance but forgot to say so on your request, simply download the assistance form here and fill out and return with your ballot.

Ready to Request your Ballot?   

Read the information below to prepare. Once you’re ready if you have a Virginia Drivers License or Identification Card apply online at the Virginia Department of Elections website and follow the prompts that guide you through the process.  

If you do not have a Virginia Drivers License or ID card or just prefer to apply by a paper application you can download it here (PDF) and mail, fax, or email to the Office of Elections (see bottom of this page for contact info.)  You can also give us a call and we'll mail or email you the application.

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 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 for all future elections?
  • 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.

Ready to Return your Ballot?   

Read the information below to prepare. After filling out your ballot, seal Envelope B and ensure that it is filled out completely, then place it inside the return envelope.  There are several options for returning your voted ballot. 

  • By U.S. mail (postage is pre-paid, just use the enclosed purple envelope). 
  • By commercial delivery service (sender must pay any fees). 
  • Drop it off at the Office of Elections at 750 Miller Drive, Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175 no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Voted mail ballots can also be dropped at any polling place on Election Day no later than 7:00 p.m.

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