Voting in Chesterfield
Absentee Voting Deadlines
Absentee voting begins 45 days prior to the election.
- Absentee Voting begins Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
- Last day to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
- Last day to return a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 3, 2020 by 7 PM.
The final day to apply for an absentee ballot
- By mail - Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 by 5 p.m.
- In person - Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 by 5 p.m.
You can also track your absentee ballot online.
Absentee Voting Criteria
Find out if you are eligible to vote absentee.
For Our Military and Overseas
Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) for voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens
Absentee Ballot Application Forms
- Virginia Voter Registration Application (PDF)
- Virginia Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)
- Virginia Annual Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) for permanent residents of Virginia who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability
Ways to Submit Application
You can submit your application in the following ways:
P.O. Box 1690
Chesterfield, VA 23832-1690
- In Person (either by the applicant or a third party) at:
Office of the General Registrar
9848 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Please be sure to answer every question and sign the application.
- Return the completed application by 5 p.m. on the 11th day preceding the election.
- After the Registrar’s Office receives the application and processes it, a ballot will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the application.
Voting the Ballot
- Upon receiving the ballot, carefully review the Instructions for Voting an Absentee Ballot (PDF).
- Return the ballot to the office of the General Registrar by 7 p.m. the day of the election by:
- Mail (USPS)
- Commercial Delivery Service (Federal Express, UPS, DHL)
- Hand Deliver your own ballot personally (Neither a personal courier service nor another individual may deliver it for you.)
Contact the General Registrar’s Office with any questions by calling 804-748-1471.
An Officer of Election will also be available at each polling place to assist voters at curbside who are 65 years of age and older, or any voter with a physical disability.
Voters with continuing disabilities may apply annually to receive absentee ballots for all elections within a given year using the annual absentee ballot process in the previous tab "Absentee Voting".
If you arrive at the polling place without a valid Photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the Election Official will provide you with written instructions on how to submit a copy of your photo ID for your vote to count. Other provisional ballot information for voters includes:
- A voter who casts a provisional ballot will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of their photo ID to the voter registration office or the provisional ballot will not be counted.
- Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. This information is included in the written instructions provided by the Officer of Election.
- A Friday postmark will not be sufficient if the copy of the photo ID is not delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday.
State law and federal law (the Help America Vote Act) require every polling location in Virginia must be equipped with at least one accessible voting system.
The Express Vote machine is available at each polling place to assist voters with disabilities to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability.
The Express Vote machine does not store votes. It simply marks a ballot which can then be taken to the Optical Scanner to cast the vote.
ES&S DS200 Optical Scan Voting System
- Use the marking device in the voting booth to blacken the oval next to the candidate of your choice.
- Fill in the oval and stay within the lines of the oval.
- To vote for a person not on the ballot, completely fill in the oval to the left of the "Write-in" line provided. Write the name of the person in the space provided.
Note: Write-in votes are not allowed in a primary election.
Once you have marked the ballot:
- Place the ballot in the privacy folder provided at the voting booth.
- Take it to the Optical Scanner.
- Insert the ballot face down into the Optical Scanner for privacy (though the scanner will read the ballot either way it is inserted).
- Return your folder to the election official.
- Your vote has been cast.
If you change your mind or make a mistake on the ballot, please let an election official know, and you will be issued another ballot.
The Express Vote
The Express Vote machine is available at each polling place to assist voters with disabilities to vote in the same private manner as The Optical Scan System.
- Insert a blank paper activation card in the machine. This is the ballot.
- Use the touchscreen display or the movable keypad equipped with braille and printed text labels provided to make candidate selections.
- Headphones can also be used to hear a recorded list of the instructions and candidates for each contest.
- Once selections are final, the machine marks the ballot which can then be inserted into the Optical Scanner.
- Your vote has been cast.