Saturday, September 20, 2008

Absentee Voting in Virginia



How to report violations of election laws & your Rights:

If you feel your voting rights have been violated or that you may have witnessed an election law being broken, contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745, or via e-mail at info@sbe.virginia.gov.


Who May Vote Absentee?

Per § 24.2-700 of the Code of Virginia, the following registered voters may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which they are qualified to vote:

  • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation, will be absent from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;

  • Any person who is (i) a member of a uniformed service of the United States, as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1973ff-6(7), on active duty, or (ii) a member of the merchant marine of the United States, or (iii) who temporarily resides outside of the United States, or (iv) the spouse or dependent residing with any person listed in (i), (ii), or (iii), and who will be absent on the day of the election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote. See Absentee Voting Procedures for Overseas Personnel (Military & Non-Military)

  • Any student attending a school or institution of learning, or his spouse, who will be absent on the day of election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;

  • Any person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of election because of a disability, illness or pregnancy ;

  • Any person who is confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, provided that the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day preceding the election. Any person who is awaiting trial and is a resident of the county or city where he is confined shall, on his request, be taken to the polls to vote on election day if his trial date is postponed and he did not have an opportunity to vote absentee;

  • Any person who is a member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment;

  • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because he is primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home; or

  • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because of an obligation occasioned by his religion.

  • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation, will be at his place of work and commuting to and from his home to his place of work for eleven or more hours of the thirteen that the polls are open (6:00 AM to 7:00 PM).

  • Any registered and qualified voter may request a mail ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only by writing across the top of their absentee application "request ballot for presidential electors only." A voter who votes a "presidential only" ballot may not later decide to vote the rest of the ballot. The same procedures and deadlines apply as for other absentee applications and ballots.

New registrants who submitted their voter registration applications by mail must vote in person (either in-person absentee or at the polls on election day) unless the voter is a full time college student, absent active duty military, residing overseas, physically handicapped, age 65 or over (however, they must also list a qualifying reason for voting absentee, as age itself does not qualify a voter for an absentee ballot), or voting a "presidential only" ballot.

Any voter with a question about whether they qualify to vote absentee, or how to apply, should contact their local elections office.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS PAGE FOR ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION

6 comments:

Bubby said...

There have been reports in Virginia that the Republican Party is mailing partial Virginia absentee ballots to voters. As noted, you must qualify to vote absentee, and these mailings do not include instructions and qualifications to properly vote absentee.

If you receive one of these "ballots", or know of someone who got this mailing. Please post. Voting absentee improperly can lead to your vote being dismissed!

TDR, Harrisonburg said...

My daughter is a student at JMU in her third year. She came home furious one day about two weeks ago and when I asked her what was wrong she told me that the Harrisonburg voting office had been telling her friends that if they tried to register to vote here they would lose their insurance and any scholarship they might have. They were also told that if they register to vote here that it would ruin their parent's credit. What the heck is going on?!! Does anyone know the truth? This isn't right is it?
I read an article today that someone is trying to tell these students that they can't vote by absentee ballot either. I have to say that it seems pretty clear that one particular party is trying to prevent young people from voting this year!

JGFitzgerald said...

The threats and warnings to students are bogus, designed to intimidate a particular demographic group. Some information and sources are posted at http://www.josephgusfitzgerald.com/Politics/Voting.html.

JMU is encouraging students to register and vote,and is supplying facts to them about how to do so. http://www.jmu.edu/vote/

Anonymous said...

So what this all adds up to is a continuation of "voter suppression" by the GOP? I've also seen where there are similar efforts to confuse and discourage Dem voters in Florida and Ohio, and that the RNC is openly responsible. Is the Harrisonburg registrar party aligned?

Anonymous said...

I found this:
GOP voter suppression efforts in Wisonsin

Anonymous said...

I meant Wisconsin