Registered voters who will be away from Prince William County on Election Day or who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability may vote by absentee ballot through mail or In-Person.
Am I eligible to vote absentee?
· Students and their spouses residing out of the County
· Those temporarily confined
· Those with a religious obligation
· Those absent from the County on business or vacation
· First Responders
· Those working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
· Active duty military their spouses and dependents
· Electoral board members registrars and election officers
· An U.S. citizen temporarily residing outside the United States
· An U.S. citizen overseas by virtue of employment or accompanying spouse or dependents
· Those with a physical disability or illness including pregnancy
· Those who are the primary caretaker of a confined family member
· Designated representative of candidate or party working inside polls
How do I vote Absentee In-Person?
Dates, times and locations for in-person absentee voting in PWC are listed on this Absentee Flyer. In-person absentee voting normally begins 45 days prior to an election, during normal business hours at the two permanent locations listed below.
· PWC Office of Elections: 9250 Lee Avenue Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110
· Voter Registration Office inside Department of Motor Vehicles, 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge 22192
When you go to vote In-Person you will complete the Absentee Ballot application form, provide an appropriate ID (see VA Voter ID Requirements), and vote as you would on Election Day.
How do I vote Absentee by Mail?
To request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you, print the Absentee Ballot Application, fill it out, and mail it to PWC Office of Elections 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1 Manassas, VA 20110 or fax it to 703-792-6461. You may also contact us via email at AbsenteeVoting@pwcgov.org. The Code of Virginia, § Section 24.2-703 requires the registered voter’s signature to process an absentee ballot request:
Unless the applicant is disabled, all applications for absentee ballots shall be signed by the applicant who shall state, subject to felony penalties for making false statements pursuant to § 24.2-1016, that to the best of his knowledge and belief the facts contained in the application are true and correct and that he has not and will not vote in the election at any other place in Virginia or in any other state.
The forms cannot be submitted online (because a signature is required)
, but a completed and signed form may be scanned and sent electronically via email at AbsenteeVoting@pwcgov.org
. Absentee ballot applications are also available at County government centers and libraries. The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.
When will I get my ballot?
· Ballots are mailed starting 45 days before each election as soon as ballots are available
· Submit applications any time after the previous General Election, for the following year
· Once ballots are ready, applications received are processed and mailed within three business days
· Please send your application early enough to allow mail transit time for the ballot
· Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted
· The last day ballots can be requested for mailing is the Tuesday preceding Election Day
Is my mailed ballot counted?
· All absentee ballots, those sent by mail and those cast in-person, are counted on Election Day
· Follow marking instructions on your ballot; return in envelopes provided; fill in ALL of Envelope B
· Anyone over 18, including your spouse, family member or neighbor, may serve as your witness
· If you choose to return your ballot in person rather than mailing it, remember that only the voter can hand-deliver his or her ballot to the Registrar's office; an ID is required.
Active-duty Military and Overseas Citizens
· Do not submit a separate FPCA for each election, Virginia accepts the FPCA for the calendar year
· Recommend voters submit a FPCA in January of each year and whenever the address changes
· If requesting an absentee ballot for a specific election note in Block 6 “Special or General” only
· If you wish to vote in primaries, designate which Party's ballots you desire in Block 5
More information is available at links below: Please direct questions to 703-792-6470 or contact us via email at AbsenteeVoting@pwcgov.org.
ATTENTION MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS
Virginia Election Law requires that you re-register when you return to Virginia. Click here to complete the on-line Virginia Voter Registration Application before the registration books close for the next election.
Voters with an Ongoing Disability or Illness
Virginia Election Law 24.2-703.1 provides that any voter who is disabled or ill for the remainder of the calendar year shall be eligible to file a special annual application to receive ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote in a calendar year.
· Only the first application you send to us requires a doctor’s signature verifying your disability or illness
· You will be sent absentee ballots for all elections in which you are eligible to vote
· In December of every year you will be sent another Annual Application to be completed in order to request ballots for the upcoming election calendar year
· These subsequent Annual Applications do not need the physician's signature
Links for Absentee Voting
If you still have unanswered questions or comments on the information provided here contact us. You should receive a response within 2 business days; however if you do not hear from us in a timely manner (particularly close to Election Day) please call the office.