- Counties in green had 100% of absentee ballots sent within selected timeframe.
- Analysis of absentee ballot processing times limited to mail absentee ballots only.
In Virginia, state law requires general registrars to process absentee ballot applications and mail ballots to all approved applicants within three days of receipt of the application. This visual provides detailed information regarding the number of absentee ballot applications processed and the number of days after receipt of an application that a voter is mailed a ballot.
Separately, federal law applies separate deadlines for applications from members of the military and certain overseas citizens. Both federal and state requirements are important to ensure that absentee voters receive their ballot in sufficient time to return their voted ballot by Election Day. The Department of Elections surveys localities before and after the deadline to mail absentee ballots to ensure compliance. ELECT works cooperatively with localities and provides assistance when issues arise that may impact the timely sending of absentee ballots.