Voter Registration & Elections  |  Absentee Voting

Absentee Ballot Application Deadlines for 2016:

Election Date:

Date by which applications for
ballots to be mailed must be
received by the Registrar

Last date to vote by absentee
ballot in person at Office of Voter



 November 8, 2016
General   Election

 November 1, 2016 (5:00 PM)

 November 5, 2016 (5:00 PM)

Absentee Ballot Applications are now being accepted in the Registrar's Office at the 5th Street County Office Building.
Call 434-972-4173 for information,
or email the department

 Online Virginia Absentee Ballot Application

Information for Military and Overseas Voters

Absentee ballots are available approximately 46 days prior to an election.  The Registrar's office is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the two Saturdays prior to a November General election for in-person voting, and the Saturday before a primary, May General, or special election.

Citizens who will be absent from Albemarle County on Election Day, or who are unable to go to the polls because of any reason currently accepted under Virginia law can apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Another alternative is to vote an in-person absentee ballot.  In-person absentee voting is conducted in the Voter Registration Office at 5th Street during the 45 days preceding an election. 

*Contact our office at 434-972-4173 for emergency voting provisions available after these deadlines. NOTE: IF YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE BY MAIL OR AT A NON-OFFICIAL REGISTRATION SITE, AND ARE A FIRST TIME VOTER IN VIRGINIA, YOU MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO VOTE IN PERSON. PLEASE CONTACT 434-972-4173 FOR DETAILS.

Who Can Vote Absentee?

Valid reasons for voting absentee include:

  • Students at institutions of higher learning and their spouses
  • Absent for business, personal business, or vacation
  • Unable to go to the polls due to physical disability, illness or pregnancy
  • Primary caretaker of ill or disabled family member
  • Religious obligations that preclude in-person voting at the polls
  • Working (or commuting) 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open (between 6:00 am and 7:00 p.m.)
  • First responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
  • Awaiting trial and under confinement
  • Confined for misdemeanor convictions
  • Serving as an electoral board member, registrar, election official, or voting machine custodian
  • Active duty uniformed services or merchant marine personnel and their dependents
  • Temporarily residing outside of U.S.
  • Regularly employed outside the U.S. and dependents
  • Authorized representative of a candidate or party inside the polling place


What Do I Do if I'm Currently Living Abroad?

 Download a Virginia Absentee Ballot Application

How Do I Apply for an Absentee Ballot? You can download and print the application form, complete it, and return it to us by mail, fax, or a scanned copy. Please see the Department of Elections website for more information.

All U.S. Citizens are entitled to vote in Federal Elections (the office of President and Vice President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives).

If you are an active duty member of the uniformed services, or a dependent of an active duty memeber of the uniformed services, or if you are living overseas for purposes of employment or dependent, you are eligible to receive a full ballot, including all state and local offices and issues. 

If you are not a member of the uniformed services or a dependent, and you are living overseas, but not for purposedof employment, and your last address in the United States was in Virginia, you are only eligible for a Federal ballot. 

Click here for information on military and overseas voting.


Contact the Department
Voter Registration and Elections
Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mailing Address:
PMB 404
536 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911
FAX: 434-972-4178
Email the Department