Early voting has begun for Virginia’s general election to elect a new governor and other statewide offices.
Several local offices are also on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election in Accomack and Northampton counties.
Absentee ballots will be sent to all voters who have requested a ballot by mail.
Voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee — any registered voter can request an absentee ballot, either in-person or by mail, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Voters can request a mailed ballot online at vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation or find a vote-by-mail ballot application at elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/index.html.
Voters can also contact their local voter registration office and ask them to mail them an application.
The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Oct. 22 by 5 p.m.
The last day to vote early in-person is Oct. 30 by 5 p.m.
The last day to register to vote in the November Election is Tuesday, Oct. 12, by 5 pm.
Who is on your ballot
Glenn Youngkin — Republican
Terry McAuliffe — Democrat
Princess Blanding — Libertarian
Winsome Sears — Republican
Hala Ayala — Democrat
Jason Miyares — Republican
Mark Herring — Democrat
Member Home of Delegates 100th District
Robert Bloxom Jr. – Republican
Finale Norton – Democrat
Special elections are also being held for local offices in Accomack and Northampton counties.
In Chincoteague, K. Jay Savage is the sole candidate on the ballot for a vacant town council seat.
In Parksley, election will be held to fill two seats whose terms expire in 2022 and 2024. Ethan Francis Matthews and Janice Benton Welch are the candidates on the ballot for one of those seats while the second seat features a four-way contest between Mark S. Layne, Thomas J. LiPuma, Brad D. York and Carol E. Matthews
In Northampton County, three of the five members of the Board of Supervisors are up for election in November.
Districts 1 and 2 will see contested races this election while District 3 Supervisor Oliver H. Bennett is unopposed in his bid for a new term.
District 1 Supervisor John R. Coker is being challenged by Robert W. Stubbs in his re-election bid while Supervisor David Fauber faces Ernest L. Smith Jr. in District 2 race.
Elections are also being held for four of the seven members of Northampton County School Board.
Jill G. Bieri is unopposed for one of two at-large seats on the board to succeed Randall D. Parks. The other at-large seat is held by Charlena Jones whose term expires in 2023.
Candidates in District 1 and 2 are also unopposed: Elizabeth Jones and Helene B. Doughty respectively. No one has filed for District 3 so that election may hinge on a write-in candidate if any.
Special elections are also being held for a town council seat each in Cape Charles and Cheriton.
Ellen M. O’Brien faces Herbert A. Thom Jr for the Cape Charles seat while Jason Bryan Sparrow is unopposed in Cheriton.
What you need to know about early voting
Early in-person voting ends Saturday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.
Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person.
Voters can simply go to their general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show ID and cast a ballot.
More information about what IDs are considered acceptable can be found at elections.virginia.gov/voterID.
Where you can vote in-person
Accomack County: The office of Voter Registration & Election at 24387 Joynes Neck Road, Accomac.
Northampton County: Voter Registration Office, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville.
Absentee ballot information
The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 2, and received by the local voter registration office by noon Friday, Nov. 5.
Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at a drop off location at their local voter registration office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The Virginia Department of Elections is expecting a high volume of mail-in votes, so it is urging people to return their ballots as soon as possible. Voters can track their ballot status online at vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.
Voters with questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting may call the Virginia Department of Elections at 800-552-9745, email the department at email@example.com, or visit its website at elections.virginia.gov.
For more information locally, call the Accomack elections office at 757-787-2935 or 757-824-0525 and the Northampton elections office at 757-678-0480.
Staunton News Leader reporter Laura Peters contributed to this report