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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Three Options for Voting in the Nov. 3 General and Special Election

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Registered voters in James City County have three ways to cast their ballots for the General and Special election in November.

In-person absentee (early) and mail-in voting is now available to all James City County registered voters. Sample ballots, precinct information and more is available at jamescitycountyva.gov/vote.  

In-person Absentee (Early) Voting

  • Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter ID Card, please visit www.elections.virginia.gov/voterid.
  • In-person absentee (early) voting is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the James City County Vote Center at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road. This is the ONLY designated location in James City County for in-person absentee (early) voting.
  • In-person absentee (early) voting is also available on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The final day to vote in-person absentee (early) is Saturday, Oct. 31.
  • You do not need to bring an absentee ballot with you to vote in-person absentee (early).
  • If you originally planned to vote by mail and now want to vote in-person absentee (early), and you have your blank, unopened ballot, take your ballot to the Vote Center where you will surrender it to the Precinct Chief. They will make their necessary documentation and hand you a new ballot.
  • If you do not have your ballot, you will be offered a Provisional Ballot. This will ensure that there is only one ballot per person. Provisional ballots are then reviewed and counted at the Canvass by the Electoral Board after noon on Friday, Nov. 6.

Mail-in Absentee Voting

  • Voters can request an absentee ballot online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation or by calling 757-259-4949. The deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. A completed, signed application is required to receive a mailed ballot.
  • Voted absentee ballots can be returned by mail via USPS, at a drop station, or via commercial carrier such as UPS or FedEx. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, 2020.
  • Voted Absentee ballots can also be dropped off at the Vote Center at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road, Monday through Friday Sept. 18-Oct. 30 and Saturday Oct. 24 and 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • If you originally planned to vote by mail and now want to vote early in-person, and you have your blank, unopened ballot, take your ballot to the Vote Center where you will surrender it to the Precinct Chief. They will make their necessary documentation and hand you a new, In-Person ballot. If you do not have your ballot, you will be offered a Provisional Ballot. This will ensure that there is only one ballot per person. Provisional ballots are then reviewed and counted at the Canvass by the Electoral Board after noon on Friday, Nov. 6.
  • Voted absentee ballots can also be taken to any polling place in James City County on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

In-person on Election Day


To find more about the November General and Special Elections, visit vote.virginia.gov. For more local information including what’s on the ballot and how to become an Election Officer, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/vote or call 757-259-4949.

Media Contact:
Dianna Moorman, Director of Elections and General Registrar
757-259-4949; dianna.moorman@jamescitycountyva.gov

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