Virginia elections, 2013
- Signature filing deadline: TBD.
- Primary date: June 11, 2013.
- General election date: November 5, 2013
- See also: Absentee Voting
Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election if they cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:
- Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia
- Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
- Business outside County/City of residence on election day
- Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on election day
- Working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6 AM and 7 PM on election day
- First responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, etc.)
- Disability or illness
- Primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home
- Confined, awaiting trial
- Confined, convicted of misdemeanor
- Electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
- Religious obligation
- Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
- Spouse or dependent living with Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces member
- Temporarily residing outside U.S.
- Temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee
- Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only
- Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place
To vote absentee by mail, the deadline to apply is 5 PM EST on the Tuesday prior to the election. To vote absentee in person, the deadline to apply is the Saturday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
A House subcommittee rejected a bill that would allow citizens to vote absentee without requiring a reason for doing so. The reason stated for rejecting the bill was a lack of resources. Win Sowder of the Williamsburg registrar's office said, "This would be a real burden on our office. Our office is really small and early absentee voting would set us up for failure."
- See also: Early voting
Virginia is one of eight states that allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early (reasons are the same as those for absentee voting, detailed above). Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends on the Saturday before the election.
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form," accessed December 16, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
- TimesDispatch.com, "Va. House subcommittee rejects 1 absentee voting bill, backs another," January 15, 2013
- Long Distance Voter "Early Voting Rules," accessed December 16, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013