December 6, 2023

Early voting in Virginia’s legislative elections has been underway for lower than two weeks, and over 100,000 ballots have already been forged. Moreover, nearly 300,000 already plan to vote by mail.

Early voting within the commonwealth is handy and easy, nevertheless it was not at all times so, and Virginians are making the most of it for simply the third 12 months.

The flexibility to vote within the 45 days earlier than Election Day has solely been obtainable for 3 years, and that is the primary time voters have been capable of forged these early ballots for members of the Home of Delegates and the state Senate.

In keeping with knowledge supplied by the Virginia Public Entry Undertaking, 114,612 voters forged early ballots between Sept. 22 and Oct. 3 – 68,806 in individual and 45,806 by mail. Vital percentages of these votes have been forged in a number of the commonwealth’s best Home and Senate districts in northern Virginia, the Richmond suburbs, and Hampton Roads.

How You Can Vote Early

In Virginia, “early voting” is a time period that refers to what’s technically absentee voting – both in-person or by mail. 

You’ve got a number of choices to vote early:

Go by your native registrar/elections workplace and forged your vote in-person, very similar to you’d do at your common polling place. You are able to do so throughout your workplace’s common enterprise hours—sometimes Monday by means of Friday from 8 or 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., however the days and instances these workplaces are open fluctuate by locality, so make sure to verify along with your county’s personal workplace.

A few of Virginia’s bigger counties have satellite tv for pc voting areas obtainable throughout this era, as properly, the place you can too vote in-person. You’ll be able to verify right here to seek out out if yours is one in all them—you might need one nearer to you than your registrar workplace or the hours is likely to be extra handy.

There are two foremost weekend voting choices. On Saturday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 4, voters statewide who wish to vote early however can’t make it work throughout the week will have the ability to forged their ballots at their native voter registration workplace or a satellite tv for pc voting location.

You may also vote from dwelling by means of the mail with an absentee poll. You’ll be able to request one right here, however remember that you need to request one by Friday, Oct. 27. Mail-in ballots should arrive at your native registrar’s workplace by Election Day, so it’s at all times a good suggestion to ship it again as early as attainable. 

Alternatively, you would request an absentee poll, fill it out at dwelling, after which drive it to your native registrar/elections workplace and drop it off your self.

All in-person early/absentee ballots have to be forged previous to Election Day, after all; the final day for in-person early voting in 2023 is Saturday, Nov. 4, by 5 p.m. 

Essential election deadlines:

  • The deadline to register to vote or replace your present voter registration is Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (Voters might register after this date, by means of Election Day, and vote utilizing a provisional poll).
  • The deadline to apply for a mail-in poll is Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. The request have to be acquired by your native voter registration workplace by 5 p.m.
  • Early Saturday voting at your native voter registration workplace begins Oct. 28, 2023.
  • The final day to vote early in-person is Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, by 5 p.m.
  • The final election is on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. Polls will probably be open from 6 a.m. by means of 7 p.m.


  • Carolyn Fiddler

    Carolyn Fiddler

    Carolyn Fiddler is Dogwood’s chief political correspondent. She can also be the nation’s foremost knowledgeable in state politics with nearly twenty years of expertise in statehouse machinations, and her comedian e-book assortment might be greater than yours.