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Posted on: October 19, 2015

[ARCHIVED] New citizen portal helps absentee voters apply online

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Absentee voters can now apply for an Absentee Ballot through the Virginia Department of Elections new online citizen portal at

The secure online system will take voters through the application process step-by-step and allow users to sign the application using their Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) credentials.

Voters can visit to view their registration record and request an absentee ballot. The system provides a secure means for voters to conduct paperless transactions with their local voter registration office. Voters without DMV credentials can still utilize the system to print a completed absentee ballot application to mail to the James City County Voter Registration Office.

To be eligible for an absentee ballot, registered voters must meet one of nineteen eligibility requirements. The qualifying reasons are available through the citizen portal at

Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Director of Elections by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 in order to receive a ballot in the mail. Applications may be submitted through the online citizen portal, or hand-delivered, mailed, faxed or emailed to the James City County Voter Registration and Elections Office:

In person: 101-E Mounts Bay Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185

By mail: Director of Elections, PO Box 3567, Williamsburg, VA 23187-3567

Fax: 757-253-6875


Once a voter receives their absentee ballot in the mail, they have until 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2015 to return their completed ballot to their voter registration office.

In-person absentee voting at the James City County Voter Registration Office is available until Oct. 31, 2015, including the last two Saturdays before the election, Oct. 24 and 31. For more information about in-person absentee voting, call 757-253-6868.

Media Contact: Alan J. "AJ" Cole Sr., Director of Elections

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