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Absentee Voting Opens for Eligible Alexandria Voters on April 28

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017

Absentee voting for Virginia’s June 13 Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary elections begins on Friday, April 28. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., on Election Day. Account for those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.
  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
  • A caregiver for a confined family member.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).

To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is available, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050.

Absentee Voting in Person

The deadline for casting an absentee vote in person is Saturday, June 10, at 5 p.m. The in-person absentee voting location, and hours, are as follows:


Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St., Suite 100

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Monday, May 29)

Saturdays, June 3 and 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Extended evening hours:

  • Wednesday, May 31          8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 1               8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 6                 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Absentee Voting by Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, June 6. Applications must be received in the Voter Registration Office by 5 p.m. on that day.

Voters may submit absentee ballot applications online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov.

They may also get a paper application at alexandriava.gov/Elections, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050.

Absentee ballots must be received by the Voter Registration Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 13. Ballots may be returned by mail or delivered personally by the voter to the Voter Registration Office, located at 132 N. Royal St.

ID Requirements for Absentee Voting

Virginia’s photo ID requirements apply to absentee voters who cast their absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to absentee voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Voters who do not have acceptable ID may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their absentee ballot in person.

What’s on the Ballot?

In Alexandria, the June 13 Democratic and Republican primary election ballots will each include contests for Governor and Lt. Governor. All persons qualified to vote may request a ballot for either primary, however, they may not vote in both (Virginia Code 24.2-530).

The voter registration deadline for this election, for those not already registered to vote at their current address, is May 22. You may submit or update your registration information online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov. Any eligible U.S. citizen who will be 18 years old by November 7, 2017, is eligible to register and vote in these primaries.

For complete information on this election, including voter registration requirements, sample ballots, precinct maps and photo ID requirements, visit  www.alexandriava.gov/Elections.

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, Office of Voter Registration, at anna.leider@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4050.

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