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Posted on: September 23, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Absentee Voting for the Presidential Election Begins

Absentee Voter Entrance Here sign

There are plenty of reasons registered voters may not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day. If you meet one of 19 requirements, you may be able to vote absentee. Examples include:

  • Student attending college away from home
  • Mobility or health issues
  • Vacation
  • Business trip
  • First responder

In-person absentee voting is available at the Voter Registration & Elections office, 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building E, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Sept. 23-Nov. 4
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5

The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Need to vote absentee, but you can’t make it to the Voter Registrar’s office? Vote absentee by mail. Voters can request an absentee ballot online using the Department’s secure online Citizen Portal at

  • Nov. 1, 5 p.m. – Deadline to apply to vote absentee by mail. Mail applications to: James City County Voter Registration & Elections
    PO Box 3567
    Williamsburg, VA 23187
  • Nov. 8, 7 p.m. – All absentee ballots must be received at the Voter Registrar’s office.

Eligible Virginians may register to vote online at or by submitting a completed voter registration form to their local general registrar’s office. The last day to register to vote for the Presidential Election is Oct. 17, 2016. Registrations must be received or postmarked by this date. Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit Voters can also find information about the upcoming election and check their registration status on the site. The Department of Elections’ toll free number is 1-800-552-9745.
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