Absentee Voting

You can apply for an Absentee Ballot up to twelve months before an election.

Absentee Voting Methods

Voting Online

Apply online for absentee voting.

Voting By Mail

Submit voting applications to the Registrars Office.

Voting In Person

Human Resources Building
440 Market Street, First Floor
Suffolk, VA 23434

Deadline to Apply


Application must be received by the General Registrar by the Tuesday before the election. Please apply early to allow time to receive your ballot and return it by Election Day.

In Person

Application must be made and ballot voted by 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday before the election in the Office of the General Registrar. Ballots generally are available 45 days prior to an election.


You may vote absentee, either by mail or in person, if you are unable to go to the polls on Election Day because you:
  • Are a student or the spouse of a student attending school outside City of Suffolk
  • Will be away from City of Suffolk on business
  • Will be working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Will be away from City of Suffolk on personal business or vacation
  • Are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability
  • Are pregnant
  • Are the primary caretaker of a confined family member
  • Have a religious obligation
  • Are confined awaiting trial
  • Are confined having been convicted of a misdemeanor
  • Are an election official
  • Are on active duty in the military outside City of Suffolk
  • Are the spouse or dependent residing with a member of the military outside City of Suffolk
  • Are an overseas citizen whose most recent United States residence was in City of Suffolk
  • Are a designated representative of a candidate or a party inside the polls
  • Are requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only (Ballot for other offices/issues will not be sent)

Military & Overseas Absentee Voting

Learn how can active duty military, their dependents, and citizens residing overseas apply to vote.

Emergency Absentee Voting

There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting with different procedures for each.