With the November 3rd election just around the corner, Virginians are putting plans into place and taking action to vote. More than 2 million Virginians have already voted early or requested to vote absentee by mail. That’s about half of the total number of voters who cast ballots in the 2016 Presidential election.
If you haven’t voted yet, here are a few things to keep in mind for the 2020 election:
Starting this year, you do not need an excuse, like work travel or illness, to request to vote early by absentee ballot. Many local governments have expanded early in-person voting locations or have added drop-boxes for those who want to hand-deliver their absentee ballots. Contact your local voter registrar for the specifics in your areas.
You can vote early by in-person absentee through Saturday, October 31st. Again, check with your local voter registrar for times and polling locations.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd and polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are waiting in line to vote at 7:00 p.m, then you will be allowed to cast a vote.
In-person voters, both early and on election day, must bring an approved form of identification. If you don’t bring proper ID with you, you can request to fill out a provisional ballot and will be given instructions on how to make sure your vote is counted.
Those planning to vote in person are asked to wear masks. The number of voters allowed inside of a polling location at one time may be limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
You can find all this information and more on the Virginia Department of Elections website.