Alexandria Brief: Absentee Voting for Primary Open

Alexandria Brief: Absentee Voting for Primary Open

Absentee voting for Virginia’s March 1 Democratic and Republican Presidential Primary is underway. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.

  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.

  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.

  • A caregiver for a confined family member.

  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).

In-person absentee voting takes place at the Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal Street, Suite 100, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Monday Feb. 15) and Saturdays, Feb. 20 and 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The office will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Thursday, Feb. 18, Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23. The deadline for voting absentee in person is Saturday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Feb. 23. Absentee ballot applications are available at, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703-746-4050. Applications may also be submitted online through the Citizen Portal at

These absentee ballots must be received by the Voter Registration Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 1. Ballots may be returned by mail or delivered personally by the voter.

Virginia's photo ID requirements apply to absentee voters who cast their absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to absentee voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card

  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card

  • Valid Military ID

  • Other government-issued photo identification card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)

  • Valid student photo identification card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia

  • Valid employee photo identification card

Voters who do not have acceptable ID may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.

For complete information on this election, including voter registration requirements, sample ballots, precinct maps and photo ID requirements, visit