Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Here’s the info about absentee voting for the upcoming elections

The 2014 congressional election turnout rate was 41.9 percent — the lowest since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking voter turnout in 1978, according to the bureau’s 2015 study.

In the most recent congressional election of 2014, 31.2 percent of all voters reported either voting early, voting by mail, or absentee voting. This was about a threefold increase from 1996, when only 10.5 percent of voters reported voting by alternative methods, according to the bureau’s study.

Here’s the scoop on absentee voting in Hampton and Newport News:

  • The 2018 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
  • Polls will be opened 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Hampton city website.
  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, Oct. 15. Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the citizen portal.
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, Oct. 30. Request must be received by your registrar by 5 p.m.
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 5 p.m. on Nov. 3
  • Voted ballot must be received by registrar by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6

Newport News

  • Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the citizen portal.
  • To request absentee ballot, print and fill out the absentee ballot application, then mail to the following address:
  • 2400 Washington Ave.
    Newport News, VA 23607-4301
  • Registrar must receive application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Residents can go to these two addresses to absentee vote in person. Deadline to do so is 5 p.m. on Nov. 3
    •  City Hall
      2400 Washington Ave.
      6th Floor
      Newport News, VA 23607
    • Fountain Plaza II
      700 Town Center Drive
      2nd Floor
      Newport News, VA 23606

General election info:

Hampton

  • Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the citizen portal.
  • To request absentee ballot by mail, print and fill out the absentee ballot application, then mail to the following address: City of Hampton Voter Registrar’s Office 1919 Commerce Drive Ste 280, Hampton, VA 23666-4348. Hampton registrar must receive application by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30

General election info:

  • Find your polling station by filling out your info here
  • See who is running by viewing the candidate lists
  • Hampton residents may vote in person in the Voter Registrar’s Office, 1919 Commerce Dr. Suite 280 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadline to do so is 5 p.m. on Nov. 3
  • Hampton’s Director of Elections and General Registrar: Tara Morgan.

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