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Vote Absentee by Mail

Step-By-Step Instructions for Voting Absentee by Mail

  1. Check your voter registration status.
  2. Request an application for Early Absentee Vote-by-Mail.*
  3. After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the  mail. Early Absentee Vote-by-Mail ballots will not be mailed until after September 18, 2020.
  4. When you receive your ballot in the mail, open immediately. 
  5. Mark your ballot.
  6. Place your ballot in Envelope B.
  7. Seal your envelope.        
  8. Write your full legal name and address (as they appear on your voter registration card or on the envelope in which you received your ballot), In the space provided on the back of Envelope B,
  9. Sign the back of Envelope B in the space provided.
  10. Have a witness sign the back of Envelope B in the space provided.
    • A witness signature was not required for the June Primary but we can’t be sure if if it has been waived for the 2020 General Election until after the August Special Legislative Session (better safe than sorry).
    • The witness does not need to see how you mark your ballot, they are only confirming that they saw you place and seal your ballot inside the envelope. 
  11. Return Envelope B to the Roanoke County Office of Elections immediately 
    • You may mail Envelope B using the USPS, UPS, FedEx, or any commercial mail service, OR   
    • You may deliver your ballot to the Office of Elections in person.
      • Physical Address (see map below): Craig Center, 900 Chestnut Street, Vinton, VA  24179
      • When delivering Envelope B in-person, it must be delivered by the individual to whom the Vote Early Absentee-by-Mail ballot was sent and whose name and address appear on the back of Envelope B. 
      • If you deliver your Absentee Vote-by-Mail ballot in person, you will be required to show proper ID such as:
        • a current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license); or
        • a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; or
        • another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card). If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.
      • When entering the Office of Elections, please wear a mask.
  12. Again, if you opt for Early Absentee Vote-by-Mail, follow all directions provided with your ballot, and return it to the Office of Elections AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  13. Ballots will be accepted by the Office of Elections as long as Envelope B is postmarked by November 3.

* Some first time voters may not be permitted to vote absentee by mail. If you are a first time voter, check with the Roanoke County Office of Elections before applying for an absentee vote-by-mail ballot

Map to Office of Elections (if delivering your ballot in person):