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More than 18 Different Categories By Which a Voter May Qualify to Vote Absentee

For Immediate Release: October  15, 2010State Board of Elections Logo


News Release


For More Information:

Susan S. Pollard, APR, Director of Communications

Office: (804) 786-0282
Mobile:(804) 641-9199


RICHMOND, VA – The deadline to apply to vote by absentee ballot for the November election is October 26 by mail and October 30 for in person voting.  In order to vote by absentee ballot, voters must apply. 


The upcoming election is scheduled for November 2 and the Virginia State Board of Elections wants to ensure registered voters are aware of the more than 18 different categories by which they may qualify to vote by absentee ballot.   Under Virginia law a registered voter who answers ‘yes’ to one of the following questions may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. 


  • Does your work day, including your commute time, keep you away from home for 11 hours or more?
  • Are you the primary caregiver for a family member confined at home?
  • Are you disabled or suffering from an illness?
  • Are you a student away at school or a spouse of a student?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Will you be away for business reasons?
  • Are you temporarily residing outside of the United States?
  • Do you have a religious obligation?
  • Will you be away on vacation or personal business?
  • Are you a member of the Merchant Marines or U.S. Uniformed Services on active duty or are you the spouse of an active duty service member?
  • Will you be serving as an election official?
  • Will you be confined either awaiting trial or already convicted of a misdemeanor?


Applications to vote absentee are available online at the State Board of Elections web site.  To vote by mail, the application is due by 5:00 p.m. on October 26.  The last day to apply and vote absentee in person at your local registrar’s office is October 30.  All absentee ballots must be submitted to the local registrar’s office or assigned precinct by the time the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 2. All absentee ballots, properly cast, will be counted.


“We are strongly encouraging qualified voters to consider voting by absentee ballot,” said Nancy Rodrigues, Secretary of the State Board of Elections.  “We want to make sure all registered voters have access to the election process and that those voters who qualify to vote by absentee ballot are aware of this option.  It’s all part of our effort to make sure Virginians are as prepared as possible for Election Day.”


Currently, there are over five million voters registered in Virginia. 


To obtain a Virginia Absentee Ballot Application or check to see if you are registered to vote, go to the Virginia State Board of Elections web site at




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