During the last presidential election, nearly 14 percent of Virginia voters cast absentee ballots. The in-person absentee voting has already begun and turnout is heavy, according to registrars, but they are also reminding voters about the state rules pertaining to absentee ballots.
State law lists roughly a dozen reasons to vote absentee, including going out of town for work and caring for a sick family member. The deadline for applying to vote absentee by mail is October 30, and applications must be received by 5 p.m.
Military and overseas voters may also submit a special a federal postcard application by email, according to state board of elections secretary Donald Palmer.