Absentee Ballot Voting Begins

Friday marks the beginning of the election season, as absentee voting begins in Virginia.

For people who can't make it out to the polls in November, they can choose to vote absentee. Absentee voting is a two step process; voters must first apply to vote absentee, and once approved they can fill out the ballot and vote.

This year new voters can register to vote online, as well as download an absentee voter application. The form asks why applicants are choosing to vote absentee. Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta says there are several valid reasons.

"If you're going to be out of your locality on election day, you're a student, if you are away on business or vacation, or are physically unable to come to the polls, you're a first responder or if you're pregnant, there really are a lot of reasons to vote absentee," said Iachetta.

Once the application is filled out, voters can either mail it back, and receive a ballot within a week in the mail, or they can return the application in person.

The registrar's officer recommends filing in person, because voters can apply and cast a ballot all at once.

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