To vote early, please follow these steps:
- Decide whether you would like to vote by mail or in person by examining factors such as your ability to get to the Voter Registration Office and the proximity of the election. For this election, please consider your risk factors due to COVID-19.
- Early Voting begins in your local Office of Voter Registration 45 days before each election, during all office hours (normally 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Mon - Fri) and ends at 5:00 PM on the last Saturday before the election. The office is open the last Saturday before any primary, and the last two Saturdays before any November election, and may set additional hours. See our home page for that information.
- Voting early in the Voter Registration Office will be similar to how you would in the precinct on Election Day. Please bring acceptable ID (PDF) or be prepared to complete an Affirmation of Eligibility in order to vote.
- Curbside voting is always available to anyone with a disability, limited mobility or over the age of 65. Due to COVID-19, curbside voting is available to all voters. Call us if you have any questions at 434-970-3250.
- If you would like a ballot mailed to you, apply online at the Virginia Department of Elections. Complete all fields, including whether or not you need assistance casting your ballot, and all requested personal information. You must have a Virginia DMV-issued ID in order to complete the process online. The application is also available in the Voter Registration Office and can be printed Virginia Vote By Mail Application (PDF).
- Return the application to the Office of Voter Registration online or by mail, fax or email (a scanned image or clear photograph). We must receive your application no later than 5 pm eleven days prior to the election (by October 23 for the November 2020 General). Please apply earlier if you can. Ballots are mailed starting 45 days before the election. Make sure that you will have enough time to receive, vote and return your ballot by mail. Your mail ballot must either be hand delivered by 7:00 PM on Election Day or postmarked by the day of the election and received in the office by noon on the following Friday.
Voting by Mail
The following steps apply to voting by mail only:
- Look for your ballot in the mail. Please call the Voter Registration Office at 434-970-3250 if you do not receive it. Ballots begin being mailed 45 days prior to the election.
- Once you receive your ballot, open it in the presence of a witness**, mark it privately as you see fit, then seal it in the envelope "B" provided. Be sure to completely fill out envelope "B", sign it, and get your witness** to sign it. If you have any questions about how to fill out envelope "B" please call us.
- If you said on the application that you would need assistance in reading or marking your ballot, a blue assistance form was sent with your ballot. It should be completed (whether or not assistance was needed), signed and mailed back.
- Once your ballot has been voted, and the envelope signed and witnessed**, mail or personally return your ballot to the Charlottesville Electoral Board. (A voted ballot may not be personally returned by a person other than the voter. That will invalidate it.) Your ballot must be hand delivered by 7pm on Election Day or postmarked by the day of the election and received in the office by noon on the following Friday.
** DUE TO COVID-19, THE WITNESS REQUIREMENT MAY BE WAIVED FOR THE NOVEMBER 2020 GENERAL ELECTION. PLEASE STAYED TUNED REGARDING A FINAL DECISION BY THE COURTS.
The Office of Voter Registration recommends that you apply early for a mail ballot. For the November 2020 General Election, if you apply prior to September 18, you should receive your ballot by the end of September. If you apply for a mail ballot after September 18, you should generally receive your ballot within 10 days. Please contact our office if you do not receive your mail ballot in a timely fashion. Also, you may hand deliver your own marked ballot to our office any time during business hours prior to 7:00 PM on Election Day.
If you choose to vote early in-person, please be advised that social distancing and other CDC guidelines will be in place. We ask that all voters wear masks to protect themselves and others while voting. Lines may move slowly due to social distancing and the limited number of voters allowed in the office. It is recommend that you vote within the first three weeks of the in-person voting period to avoid longer lines.