Virginia primary voting - Alexandria, VA
All registered voters may vote absentee by mail, but you must apply to do so
RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Elections announces several upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to vote absentee in the November 3, 2020 General Election. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5pm. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020 and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Friday, November 6, 2020. Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at their general registrar’s office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
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AARP Virginia recently held telephone town halls with the candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives for District 7.
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In the upcoming General Election, Virginians will vote for President, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Whether you are voting early in person, voting absentee, or voting on Election Day, there are five questions your candidates should answer before you cast your ballot:
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At AARP Virginia, we’ve come up with a fun way to keep track of where the candidates stand on issues important to voters 50 and older: Debate Watch Bingo! Play at home with your family or compete with friends and family elsewhere.
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The first time I voted was in 1968 when Richard Nixon was running against Hubert Humphrey. I was a young woman married to my husband who was in the Army in Vietnam. I was living at home with my parents in Philadelphia while he served overseas.  It was an intense time  in the country, as the nation was polarized about the war and so was I. There were protests everywhere, including in Philadelphia.  I remember watching the horrific pictures of the war in the evenings with my parents and thinking how unjust and awful this war was but also praying that my husband would survive the war and we would be united again.
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New rules make absentee voting easier during the coronavirus pandemic
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Dr. Daniel Gade and U.S. Senator Mark Warner will face off on Tuesday, October 13 at The People’s Debate, which will be offered to television stations statewide as well as live-streamed.
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A new AARP survey, released in conjunction with Social Security’s 85th anniversary, confirms that Americans highly value Social Security, and even more so due to the pandemic.
RICHMOND, VA – The Center for Voter Information recently mailed absentee ballot applications to Virginia residents. The Virginia Department of Elections has no affiliation with this group nor coordinates with any third party groups on campaign efforts. We are aware that voters in multiple localities that received an absentee ballot application were given pre-paid return envelopes addressed to the incorrect registrar’s office. The Virginia Department of Elections encourages all voters that would like to receive an absentee ballot for the November election to apply electronically on our website Any applications that arrive in the wrong locality's office will be forwarded immediately to the correct office for processing. If you have already applied for an absentee ballot, you do not need to submit a new application. The first day that absentee ballots will be mailed is September 18, 2020. Other inquiries regarding this mailing can be directed to the Center for Voter Information.
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