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Monday, May 27, 2024

Williamsburg offers curbside voting, dropbox for absentee

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

With safety in mind – we’re still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic after all – the city of Williamsburg will be allowing curbside voting and provide a dropbox for absentee ballots.

In-person early voting starts Friday and absentee ballots will be mailed to those who have requested to vote by mail, according to a news release from the city.

Voters are no longer required to have an approved reason to vote earlier than Election Day – Nov. 3 – due to legislation passed earlier this year.

City voters can cast their ballots in-person at the Municipal Building, either curbside or inside the Registrar’s Office, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Sept. 18.

The office will also be open two Saturdays this election season: Oct. 24 and 31, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The Municipal Building is located at 401 Lafayette St., according to the news release.

Those who choose to vote curbside should park in the designated spaces and call 757-220-6157. Someone from the Registrar’s Office will come outside to check ID and issue a ballot.

Those who choose to vote inside will have their temperature checked before entering; face coverings and physical distancing are required. Only four people are allowed inside the Registrar’s Office at a time, officials said.

Anyone who has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to vote curbside.

Absentee ballots can be returned to a dropbox outside the front doors of the Municipal Building or sent through the mail. Ballots sent through the mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received no later than noon Friday, Nov. 6.

Details on the voting procedures for Election Day will be released later this month.

To request an absentee ballot or register to vote, contact Tina Reitzel at 757-220-6157 or

The last day to register is Tuesday, Oct. 13.

More information can be found here.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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