Friday is deadline to request mail-in ballot in Virginia

Posted at 12:45 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 12:45:22-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The deadline to request a mail in ballot in the state of Virginia is Friday. Thursday, Hanover Director of Elections, Teri Smithson, reminded voters their applications needed to be at their local registrar’s office before they close.

Smithson said in Hanover, they’d already received about 12,000 mail-in ballot requests. She compared that to the about 2,500 received in total in 2016.

In the last 24 days, Smithson said more than 18,000 Hanover residents had voted in person.

Meanwhile, the Chesterfield general registrar released stats to CBS 6, showing a total of more than 97,000 people had voted early in the region — with more than 50,000 ballots had been issued by mail.

Furthermore, they said the four additional satellite locations in Chesterfield, which opened Monday, had already brought in more than 13,000 early voters in three days (excluding the Chesterfield registrar’s office).

Smithson said Thursday, for those still looking to receive an absentee ballot through the mail, there were a few options.

One of the easiest ways she said is to do it online at the Department of Elections website.

“There you will find your voter registration information and then you can request an absentee ballot by mail,” said Smithson. “The only caveat to that is we must have that request in our inbox by 5 p.m. — so if we get anything after that, we can’t accommodate it.”

Smithson said you can also have someone drop off your application, email, or fax it in by that deadline.

Key Dates and Deadlines in Virginia

Friday, Sept. 18: Early, In-Person Voting Begins
Thursday, Oct. 15: Voter Registration Deadline
Friday, Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline
Saturday, Oct. 31: Early, In-Person Voting Ends
Tuesday, Nov. 3 is Election Day: In-Person Voting
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date
Friday, Nov. 6: Absentee/Mail-In Delivered By Date