Virginia elections, 2013
- Signature filing deadline: March 28, 2013 (Note: The deadline to file for the general election for Independent party candidates is June 17 and June 11 for non-party candidates.)
- Primary date: June 11, 2013.
- General election date: November 5, 2013
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- Related: See election information here.
- See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2013
- See also: Absentee Voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
- You are a "student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia"
- You are a "spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia"
- You have "business outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You have "personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You are "working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on election day"
- You are a "first responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, etc.)"
- You have a "disability or illness"
- You are "primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home"
- You are pregnant
- You are "confined, awaiting trial"
- You are "confined, convicted of misdemeanor"
- You are an "electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment"
- You "have a religious obligation"
- You are an "Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces"
- You are a "spouse or dependent living with" an Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces member
- You are "temporarily residing outside U.S."
- You are "temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee"
- You are "requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only"
- You are an "authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place"
To vote absentee by mail, the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (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 regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
A House subcommittee rejected a bill that would have allowed 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 fourteen states that do not allow early voting. Although it is not technically considered early voting, Virginians may submit an absentee ballot in-person, serving the same purpose as early voting.
Elections Performance Index
Virginia ranked 25th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Virginia received an overall score of 65 percent.
- washingtonpost.com, "Special election set Aug. 6 for seat being vacated by Chesapeake state senator," April 18, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form," accessed December 16, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed January 21, 2015
- 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
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014