What you need to know about absentee voting in York and James City counties

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There are plenty of reasons registered voters may not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day. 

According to information released by James City and York Counties, if you meet one of 19 requirements, you may be able to vote absentee.

For example, absentee ballots are available to students attending college away from home, those with mobility or health issues, first responders, and those who have planned vacations or business trips.

The deadline to register to vote in the James City and York County Nov. 8 General and Special Elections—or to update registration information—is Monday, Oct. 17. For those unable to make it to the polls, voters can request an absentee ballot online using the Department of Elections’ secure online Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.

In York County, voter registration applications can be obtained and submitted at the Registrar’s Office, Yorktown Library, Tabb Library, and the Griffin-Yeates Center. Applications can also be obtained via the Registrar’s website.

In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in-person on weekends, the York County Registrar’s Office, located at 224 Ballard St in Yorktown, will be open two Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In James City County, in-person absentee voting is available at the Voter Registration & Elections office, 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building E. The office will also be open Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The deadline to apply to vote absentee by mail, email, or fax is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in-person is 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The law permits emergency absentee voting in a few, very limited situations until 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. For more information about emergency absentee voting, call the Department of Elections’ toll free number at 1-800-552-9745.

Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit vote.virginia.gov. Voters can also find information about the upcoming election and check their registration status on the site.

Election information is available for York County at yorkcounty.gov/voting. Election information is available for James City County at jamescitycountyva.gov/1044/Voter-Registration-Elections.