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Free to Be Absentee: Virginia pushing absentee, early voting

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The Virginia Department of Elections wants Virginia voters to know that they are free to be absentee, highlighting absentee and early voting through a new public awareness campaign.

The Free to Be Absentee campaign features a series of contemporary and entertaining digital ads and social media content that highlight a creative focus on the absentee and early voting processes.

This information will be made available on the department’s website here, and shared with media outlets across the Commonwealth.

“We are excited about our new campaign and committed to ensuring that all eligible Virginia voters are able to make their voices heard,” said Christopher Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections. “We want voters to know about all of the options they have to cast their ballots for the upcoming election.”

While absentee voting is not new to Virginians, after new legislation passed by the VA General Assembly that went into effect July 1, Virginia voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee. Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot or go vote early in person.

Absentee ballots will begin being mailed out on Sept. 18th, the same day early voting begins in all localities throughout the Commonwealth.

Voters with questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting or any aspect of the Nov. 3 election may call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at,  or visit the website at

Voters are also encouraged to follow the Department of Elections on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram social media platforms.

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