Virginia ID requirements for absentee ballots

The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Voting absentee in the local May elections is strongly encouraged. On their absentee ballot request form, voters may choose reason "2A My disability or illness" for absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19. Voters should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail by Election Day.

Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

Select only one from the list of allowable reasons below. A separate application form is required for each voter and for each election.

  • Voter will be absent from the county or city in which you are entitled to vote, due to an obligation of business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation
  • Student who is attending a college or university outside of locality of residence in VA
  • Spouse of a student who is attending college or university outside of locality of residence in VA
  • Voter has business outside County/City of residence on election day
  • Voter has personal business or vacation outside outside County/City of residence on election day
  • Voter is working and commuting to/from home for at least 11 hours between 6am and 7pm on election day
  • Voter is a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
  • Voter is pregnant
  • Voter is ill or has a disability
  • Voter is in jail, awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor
  • Voter is an electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • Voter is primary and personally responsible caretaker for a family member who is ill or has a disability and is confined at home
  • Voter has a religious obligation on election day
  • Voter is (or spouse of or dependent living with) an active duty merchant marine or member of armed forces
  • Voter temporarily lives outside of US
  • Voter is temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent living with employee
  • If voter moved less than 30 days before presidential election, voter may request ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only
  • Voter is an authorized representative of political party or candidate and is serving inside polling place

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?



Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

If you registered to vote in Virginia by mail, federal law requires you to show identification (ID) when voting for the first time in a federal election IF you did not send a copy your valid ID with their voter registration application.

Voters who receive a notice about this special requirements need to include a copy of ONE of the following types of ID with the voted ballot:

  • A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
  • Another government document that shows name and address (for example a voter card).

If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters.


last update: March 18, 2020