Monday, October 17, 2011 – Deadline to Register to Vote
Monday – Friday, September 23rd – November 4th –
– All Local Registrar Offices are Open for Absentee Voting –
Saturday, October 29th & November 5th – Local Registrar Offices open for ABSENTEE VOTING
Tuesday, November 1st – Last Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot by Mail
Saturday, November 5th – Last Day to Vote Absentee In Person
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 General Election
Important Information for the November 8, 2011 General Election
**Redistricting** Due to the decennial redistricting process, one of your local or state legislative districts may have changed. These changes may affect what General Election offices you will be eligible to vote for in November’s election. Updated voter registration information will be available at the SBE website on the earliest possible date. In the meantime, to obtain information on whether your district(s) may have changed, please contact local voter registration official or the State Board of Elections at: (800) 552-9745.
Please note that congressional redistricting has not been completed.
Any Virginia voter may check a number of things on the SBE website, including their voter registration status, the status of their absentee ballot application, information on their elected representatives, and contact information for local elections offices.
Deadlines Applicable to Virginia Voters
1 Applicants not currently registered in Virginia eligible under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) generally must submit their Federal Post Card Applications, by mail, e-mail attachment or fax. to be received by the local election office before 5:00 PM Eastern Time for BOTH the applicable registration deadline and the absentee ballot application deadline for the election. If you are a non-military overseas voter not currently registered in Virginia, who no longer has a Virginia place of abode, you are only eligible for temporary registration and federal ballots only. The final day of registration deadline is generally the 22nd day before the election. However, certain voters primarily military voters and family members residing with them, are eligible for late registration. See Va. Code 24.2-419 and 24.2-420.1. The deadline for absentee ballot application by mail, email or fax is generally seven days before the election with limited exceptions for emergencies. See Va. Code 24.2-705 and 24.2-705.1.
NOTE: In Virginia, active-duty military voters and their spouse or dependents residing with them may register to vote by mail until Election Day, but are are still subject to the absentee application deadline. Such an applicant who intends to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, must submit their FPCA to be received by the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot seven days before the election (unless there is a qualifying emergency).
2 Applicants eligible under UOCAVA who are already permanently registered in Virginia, or who are active-duty military eligible for late registration, must submit their FPCA applications for absentee ballots, by mail, e-mail attachment or fax must to be received by the local election office before 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on the applicable absentee ballot application deadline. See item 1 above.
3 In-person absentee voters have until the Saturday immediately before the election to vote an absentee ballot in-person at your local election office.
Important Notice to Virginia Users of Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
Follow instructions carefully to make sure your vote counts!
You may use the FWAB to register and vote absentee in all elections in which you are eligible to vote subject to applicable deadlines. Please note that if you also applied by Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and both your state absentee ballot and completed FWAB are received on time, only your state ballot will be counted. You may use the FWAB to vote anytime before the deadline for returning your ballot.
Citizens residing overseas indefinitely may only be eligible to vote for federal offices (President, Vice President, US Senate, US House of Representatives). Please contact the Virginia State Board of Elections or your local General Registrar’s office in Virginia if you have any question about the offices for which you are eligible to vote in Virginia. Virginia prohibits under felony penalty illegally voting for an office knowing you are not eligible to do so.
Once you are finished voting, the package you return will consist of: (1) your voted ballot which will be inside of (2) a blank, sealed Security Envelope (which you supply) containing only your voted ballot and nothing else; (3) the form titled “Voter’s Declaration/Affirmation” completed, signed and dated by you and a witness; (4) a return mailing envelope (which you supply) addressed to Secretary of the Electoral Board, Attention Absentee Voting Officer, [LOCALITY ADDRESS] . Please include your current mailing address in the return address area in the upper left corner. The mailing envelope should contain both your sealed Ballot Security Envelope and your completed Voter’s Declaration/Affirmation signed by you and a witness. For your own privacy, please remember not to place anything other than your voted ballot in the security envelope.
You can check the status of your absentee ballot through the Virginia State Board of Elections website: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Index.html Detailed Virginia instructions for using the FWAB are available at http://www.fvap.gov/resources/media/vagVA.pdf
Step-by-Step Instructions for using FWAB
Virginia law requires that:
If you have any questions, please contact the State Board of Elections Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804 864-8901 Toll Free: 800 552-9745 TTY: 800 260-3466