Vote at Home Information

Vote at Home

All registered voters in Virginia are eligible to request, receive, mark and return their ballot all from the comfort of their own home. Not only is it easy, but it’s safe and secure too.  You have the option of applying for a single election or permanent absentee (you will receive a ballot for every election you are eligible to vote in.)  

Please read this entire page and then apply for your vote at home ballot via the link at the bottom of the page.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • Start requesting vote at home ballots – Immediately 
  • First batch of ballots to be mailed – September 17, 2021
  • Deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you – October 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to return your mail ballot – postmarked no later than November 2, 2021

Is Voting at Home Secure?  Yes.  Here’s How it Works:

  1. You’ll request your ballot and verify your identity via a secure website run by the Virginia Department of Elections.  Your request will be routed to our office and one of our sworn registrars will do further verification checks and approve the request, marking you as having requested a ballot.  Then the absentee voting team will prepare your ballot for mailing and ensure that everything you need is included.
  2. Once you receive your ballot, you’ll mark it in private, then have someone witness that it was you that did it (they don’t watch you vote, just verify it was you that voted), and mail it back to us via U.S. mail, or drop it off at our office.
  3. Once we receive the ballot back, we’ll check it in and mark it as returned, and turn it over to the Central Absentee Precinct for processing. 
  4. You’ll be able to check the status of your ballot (applied, approved, received, etc.) via the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
  5. While the ballot is in the mail (on its way to you and back to us), you’ll be able to track its progress and expected delivery dates here.

Things to Know:

  • Once you request your ballot by mail, that is your ballot. There is no need to go to your precinct on election day, just return the ballot you were sent and you are good to go.
  • If you do request a ballot be mailed to you and choose to go to the precinct on election day, you will likely encounter longer than normal wait times because election officials will have to do some processing to switch you back over to voting in person. You will have to surrender the ballot and answer some questions before officials can issue a new ballot. 
  • Make sure to read the yellow insert included with your ballot very carefully. It will help you ensure that your ballot is counted.
  • If you make a mistake while filling out your ballot, don’t worry.  Just give us a call at 703-777-0380 and we’ll get a new one sent to you right away.
  • If you indicate that you will need assistance filling out the ballot, you must return the request for assistance form included in your ballot packet or your ballot cannot be counted.

Ready to Request your Ballot?   

Read the information below to prepare. Once you’re ready, if you have a Virginia Drivers License or Identification Card apply online at the Virginia Department of Elections website and follow the prompts that guide you through the process.  

If you do not have a Virginia Drivers License or ID card or just prefer to apply by the paper application you can download it here (PDF) and mail, fax, or email to the Office of Elections (see bottom of this page for contact info.)  You can also give us a call and we'll mail or email you the application.

Have the following information handy before you start:

  • Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued ID card
  • Social Security Number
  • Name, Address, Date of Birth
  • Ballot Delivery Address (if not your residence address)
  • Phone Number and Email (so we can contact you if any issues pop up.)

A few questions you’ll be asked:

  • Are you currently residing in Virginia or do you now live outside the United States?
  • Are you a member or spouse of an armed services member or citizen overseas?
  • Would you like to vote by mail in the next election or in all remaining elections this year?
  • Would you like your ballot delivered to a different address than your residence?
  • Do you need assistance?  (If so you’ll be sent a form that you will fill out and return with the ballot.

Ready to Return your Ballot?   

Read the information below to prepare. After filling out your ballot, seal Envelope B and ensure that it is filled out completely, then place it inside the purple return envelope.  There are several options for returning your voted ballot. 

  • By U.S. mail (postage is pre-paid, just use the enclosed purple envelope).  Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than election day AND received in the Office of Elections by noon on Friday, November 5, 2021.
  • By commercial delivery service (sender must pay any fees).  Ballots returned by commercial delivery service must be marked as received by the service no later than election day AND received in the Office of Elections by noon on Friday, November 5, 2021.
  • Drop it off at the Office of Elections at 750 Miller Drive, Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175 no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Beginning October 18, 2021, you can place your ballot in a drop box at any Early Voting location and all Loudoun County Public Libraries during each facility's regular operating hours.  Drop boxes are available October 18, 2021 through October 30, 2021.
  • Voted mail ballots can also be dropped at any polling place on Election Day no later than 7:00 p.m.
  • You can see if we've received your ballot or if you mailed by US Mail if it's been delivered by using our ballot tracking tools.