By David Hylton
For Virginia voters who are using absentee ballots, two important deadlines are coming up for you to cast your ballot.
If you are mailing your ballot, you have until 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to request a ballot from your local registrar's office or through the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal at virginia.gov.
"The local registrar must receive all applications by the deadline in order to mail absentee ballots to eligible recipients in time for the presidential election," the State Board of Elections said in a news release on Tuesday.
Absentee voters have until Nov. 5 to appear in person at their local registrar's office during regular business hours to vote. Registrar's offices will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 5.
Absentee ballot forms can be found online at vote.virginia.gov. Application forms may be submitted online, by e-mail, by fax or by mail. To see if you qualify to vote absentee, visit the Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.
The State Board of Elections says ballots received by mail after the 5 p.m. Nov. 1 deadline cannot be accepted.
"The Department of Elections encourages voters who are requesting absentee ballots sent by mail to apply well ahead of the November 1 deadline, as the US Postal Service advises that First Class delivery takes two to five days," the board said in its news release. "Waiting until the deadline may not provide sufficient time for voters to receive their ballots and send them back on time."
For more information about this year's election and to find your polling place, visit vote.virginia.gov.