October 22, 2012
Diane Roberts' 93-year-old mother has voted in every election for the past five decades. But this is the first year she will be casting a ballot from home.
"She can walk but it's just such a long distance to get where she votes and it's getting to be too hard on her," said Roberts.
It's been a busy year for the Charlottesville Registrar's Office, who says it's received 1,659 applications for absentee ballots so far this election season. The most common absentee voters are people with disabilities and students attending college away from home. On the application, there are 19 different reasons to choose from; including pregnancy, confined and awaiting trial, business, or religious obligation. For most reasons, you must provide supporting information in order to qualify. Roberts' mother qualified and should be expecting a ballot in the mail this week.
Absentee voting runs from September 21-November 3.