Permanent Absentee Mailing List

What is it?  

Virginia voters can automatically receive a mail ballot for every election in which they are eligible to vote. Ballots will only be mailed to the residence address listed on your voter registration.  

How can I be placed on the list?  

Voters must complete an application to be on the list. Complete section 2 indicating that you would like to vote by mail for all future elections.     


Why am I being asked about primary ballots?  

Virginia is an open primary state meaning voters do not register by party. If you would like to vote in primary elections, you must indicate which primary ballots you would like to receive. If you are not sure which primary you would like to vote in, you can complete an application to request a ballot for a specific primary in advance of the election.  

What happens after I apply?  

After you apply, you will receive a letter notifying you that you have been placed on this list. You will receive ballots approximately 45 days before an election.  

When will I receive my mail ballot?  

You will receive a mail ballot approximately 45 days in advance of an election.  

What do I do if I did not receive my ballot?  

Follow the steps to report a lost or damaged ballot.  

What happens if I move?  

If you move within Arlington, ballots will be sent to the new residence address automatically. If you move elsewhere in Virginia, you will need to submit a new application to your new jurisdiction.  

What do I do if I’m temporarily away for a single election?  

If you need a ballot sent to a different address for a single election, you can complete a Virginia Permanent Absentee Voter Single Election Change Form and return it by email to or mail to 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320, Arlington, VA 22201 . 

How do I stop receiving mail ballots automatically? 

If you would no longer like to receive a mail ballot automatically, complete the Statement to be Removed from Permanent Absentee Voter List and return it by email to or mail to 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320, Arlington, VA 22201. 

Can I vote in person?  

Yes. You can vote in person. Bring your mail ballot with you when you vote in person. If you do not have your ballot, you will be asked to complete additional paperwork and potentially asked to cast a provisional ballot.