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How to vote absentee in Virginia

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Oct 17 2012 02:51:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 17 2012 07:13:17 PM CDT
ABSENTEE VOTE
BRISTOL, Virginia -

Virginia, unlike Tennessee, doesn’t have early voting. Voters in the Commonwealth can only go to the polls on Election Day, November 6. Instead, they can request an absentee ballot.

The Bristol, Virginia registrar’s office said voters can request an absentee ballot by mail until October 30th at 5 p.m.

You can also fill out an absentee application and vote in person at your local registrar’s office. However, voters have to meet the state’s criteria to vote by absentee ballot.

"There's about two dozen reasons people vote absentee," said Penny Limburg. “The most common reasons include you're going to be out of town on Election Day, which could be personal business or business. Or you could be commuting to or from work longer than 10 hours.”

A complete list of the criteria is on the absentee ballot application.

You can download a ballot online at the State Board of Election’s website at:

http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/