Voting Absentee

Early Voting is available 45 days prior to all elections, or as soon as possible for special elections, for all registered voters.   Note:  Voters who have never voted in Bristol City and registered by mail are required to vote in person the first time unless certain reasons apply.

There are two ways to vote absentee:

1)  Vote in person at your local voter registration office.  

 2)  Vote by mail.  Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and submit it to your local voter registration office.  
       Once your application has been approved and ballots are available, one will be mailed to you.

If you are not already registered, there is a five day waiting period after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only).

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

Apply using the online portal  or by printing a Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.   Submit your application as soon as you know you will not be able to go to the polls on Election Day, but no earlier than 12 months before the election date. For a mail ballot, your application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday before the election (postmarked not accepted). Paper applications may be returned by:
  Fax - (276) 645-7331
  Mail - Office of Voter Registration, 300 Lee St. Bristol, VA 24201
  Email - scan completed and signed application and email to
In-person absentee voting is available at the office 45 days before the election and ends at 5:00 pm on the last Saturday before the election.

Under Virginia law, all absentee ballots must either be voted in person or sent directly to the voter by mail. Ballots cannot
be sent in care of or returned by another individual. We use certified first-class U.S. mail to send ballots within the U.S. and a special prepaid U.S. postage permit for overseas ballots.


Voters with Disabilities

Certain individuals who are physically disabled or ill may submit an Annual Absentee Application to cover all elections in one calendar year. The first application must include a one-time signature of your physician or religious practitioner. A new application will be mailed to you each December to update your information for the coming year. If you would like one of these applications sent to you, please contact the office at (276) 645-7318.

Military and Overseas Voters