Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting Deadlines

Absentee voting begins 45 days prior to the election. 

  • Last day to apply for a vote by mail absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Request must be received at the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m.
  • In-person absentee/early voting begins Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at the Registrar's Office 9848 Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832.
    • Voting hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 24, noon - 4 p.m.
  • In-person absentee/early voting begins Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at the County Libraries listed below:
    • Voting hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      • Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112
      • Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23803
      • LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Rd, North Chesterfield, 23236
      • Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield, VA 23234
      • North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23236
  • Last day to vote in-person absentee/early vote is Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
  • Last day to return a vote by mail absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 by 7 p.m. Ballot must be returned to the Office of the General Registrar or the polling location

You can also track your absentee ballot online using Ballot Scout. View a brief video on how Ballot Scout works.

Absentee and Early Voting

Find out more information regarding absentee/early voting from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Applying to Vote Absentee by Mail

Ballots will not be mailed until 45 days before each election.

Virginia Permanent Absentee Voter Single Election Change Form (PDF): This form is only for those who have selected the Permanent Absentee Option on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form. Use this form to change where your ballot is sent for one election, change the political party primary ballot you receive for one election, or change the political party primary ballot you receive for all primary elections.

Request to cancel an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF): This form is if you submitted the application in error or you have changed your mind to vote by mail and want to vote in person.

For Our Military and Overseas

Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) for voting assistance for Uniformed Service members, their families and citizens residing outside the U.S.

Application Instructions

  • Please be sure to answer every question and sign the application.
  • Return the completed application before the application deadline (the 11th day preceding the election by 5 p.m.).
  • After the Registrar’s Office receives the application and processes it, a ballot will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the application no more than 45 days before the election.

Voting the Vote by Mail Ballot

Upon receiving the ballot, carefully review the Instructions for Voting an Absentee Ballot (PDF).

Please Note: According to Virginia Code § 24.2-707, a witness is required to be present when marking a vote by mail ballot and the witness is required to sign the Statement of Voter on the Ballot Envelope B.

Return the ballot to the Registrar's Office by 7 p.m. the day of the election by:

  • Mail (USPS) - track your absentee ballot online
  • Commercial Delivery Service (Federal Express, UPS, DHL) 
  • In-person/Ballot Dropbox (No need to wait in line to drop your ballot in the designated drop box)
    • Registrar's Office (9848 Lori Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832)
      • Monday - Friday, Sept. 17 - Nov. 1, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      • Saturdays, Oct. 23, 2021 and Oct. 30, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      • Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Satellite locations (Clover Hill Library, Ettrick-Matoaca Library, La Prade Library, Meadowdale Library and North Courthouse Road Library)
      • Monday - Friday Oct. 18 - Oct. 30, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
      • Saturdays, Oct. 23, 2021 and Oct. 30, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Your Precinct - Election day

Contact the General Registrar’s Office with any questions by calling 804-748-1471.