December 6, 2023

Early voting in Virginia has been underway for over a month now, however till now, early voters might solely solid ballots on weekdays. Beginning this weekend, nevertheless, Virginians will be capable to vote on Saturday, too. 

On Saturday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 4, voters statewide who wish to vote early, however can’t make it work in the course of the week, will be capable to solid their ballots at their native registrar’s workplace or a satellite tv for pc voting location.

That second Saturday of early voting – Nov. 4 – can be the final day of in-person early voting in Virginia.

In the event you haven’t already requested a mail-in poll, you’ll nonetheless be capable to vote early when you apply for a mail-in poll by Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. The request have to be acquired by your native voter registration workplace by 5 p.m. that day, and you’ll simply make the request on-line. After you’ve acquired your poll, you possibly can return it in-person to your native election registrar’s workplace or at an absentee poll drop-off location (information will likely be included within the poll when it’s mailed to you) earlier than 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 7).

In the event you choose to return your poll through mail, it have to be postmarked on or earlier than Election Day, and it should arrive at your registrar’s workplace by midday on the third day following the election (Friday, Nov. 10).

Additionally, when you’re not registered to vote however wish to solid a poll on this November’s election although you missed the Oct. 16 registration deadline, you possibly can nonetheless accomplish that.

Virginia now permits “same-day voter registration,” which signifies that eligible voters can nonetheless register and solid their ballots concurrently by Election Day. 

By means of this course of, voters will solid a provisional poll—however don’t let the identify scare you off, since so long as you’re eligible, it’ll depend. After a provisional poll is solid, the native registrar’s workplace will analysis whether or not the voter who solid that poll is certainly eligible to vote in that locality. 

If the voter’s registration utility is accepted, the provisional poll is then counted like a standard poll. If for some cause the provisional poll isn’t counted, the voter will likely be notified by the overall registrar.

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