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Voting & Beyond

How to vote and find civic engagement opportunities

Virginia: Mail-In Ballot

October 23 at 5:00pm is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.

October 31 is the last day to deliver an absentee ballot in person.

November 3 is the last day to postmark your ballot in the mail.

You do not need a reason to vote by mail.

Returning a mailed ballot by mail

Follow all instructions that you receive with your ballot, including the requirements to place your ballot in the provided secrecy envelope.

Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election. 

If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present and you may disregard the witness signature requirement.

Returning a mailed ballot in person

You may complete your and drop it off at any drop-off location in your county or city. There is a drop-off location at your local registrar's office, at every voter satellite office in your county or city, and on Election Day at each polling place. Your county or city may also offer additional locations where you can drop-off your ballot. If you drop off your absentee ballot, it MUST be returned in the sealed envelopes that are provided. Check here to find a site: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/early-voting-office-locations/ 

If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present and you may disregard the witness signature requirement.

Changed your mind? 

You may bring your ballot (preferably unopened) to any early-voting site or your election day polling place to exchange your mail-in ballot for an in-person ballot. If you have lost your ballot, you may vote in person with a provisional ballot (that will be counted once it is confirmed that your mail-in ballot was not received).

Virginia: Early Voting in Person

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day (September 18) and ending the Saturday before Election Day (October 31). Before visiting your local registrar’s office, you may wish to check your registration status or call your registrar’s office. You can find your registrar’s phone number here

  • You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.
  • At the registrar’s office or satellite voting location, you must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. 
  • Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

Virginia: Election Day in Person

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

  • George Mason University is closed and will have no classes.
  • If you are in line to vote by 7:00 p.m. you are entitled to cast a ballot.
  • You need to produce identification or sign an affirmation of your identity in order to cast a regular ballot. Mason ID is adequate identification. 

In Other States

District of Columbia 

Maryland