Early Voting

Early Voting In-Person

  • Starting 45 days before Election Day at 9025 Center Street, Manassas.
  • Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00am-5pm.
  • Remember, the Saturday before Election Day is the last day to vote early.
  • You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.
  • You must provide your name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit our Voting In-Person page. If acceptable identification is not provided, you must sign an ID Confirmation Statement or a provisional ballot will be offered and you are allowed until the Friday at noon following the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.
  • Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.

If you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing the absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election, you are not required to have a witness present.

Accordingly, you may disregard the witness signature requirement if you believe you may not safely have a witness present while completing your ballot.

Applying to Vote Absentee By Mail

After applying, you can check to see if your absentee application was received, and whether your ballot was sent and received by going to our Citizen Portal.

Submit Your "Vote By Mail" Application Form By Mail, Fax, Or Email

  • Download and complete the Vote by Mail Application Form (En Español
  • Return the completed and signed form to CIty of Manassas Voter Registration office by mail, fax, or scanned attachment to an email.  
  • After the registrar processes your application, you will receive your ballot in the mail. Please note: ballots can be mailed out to applicants starting 45 days prior to the relevant election date.
  • Carefully review the instructions to complete and return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by-mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.
  • In state elections only some first-time voters who registered by mail may vote absentee by mail only under certain circumstances. See the section below “If it is your first time voting in your county or city” for more information.
  • For federal elections see section titled "**Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Absentee By Mail Voters."

If It Is Your First Time Voting In Your County Or City

In state and local elections, some first-time voters cannot vote absentee by mail. If you registered to
vote by mailing in your voter registration application, and it is your first time voting in your locality,
you cannot vote by mail in a state or local election unless you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are a student attending college/university outside of your city/county of residence in Virginia
  • You have a disability or illness that prevents you from voting in person
  • You are pregnant
  • You are confined awaiting trial or you are confined following conviction for a misdemeanor
  • You are active duty merchant marine or in the armed forces or a spouse or dependent of an active duty service member
  • You are temporarily residing outside of the United States
  • You have moved to another state less than thirty days before a Presidential election and you are requesting a ballot for Presidential and Vice-Presidential electors only
  • You are age 65 or older

Emergency Absentee Voting

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

  1. You may cast an emergency absentee ballot if you were unable to meet the "vote by mail" application deadline for any of the following reasons (Va. Code § 24.2-705):
  • Your hospitalization or illness;
  • The hospitalization, illness, or death of a spouse, child, or parent; or
  • Other emergency found to justify receipt of an emergency absentee ballot

Voter Requirements

  • You may request to vote emergency absentee at any time prior to 2:00 pm on the day preceding the election
  • If you are approved for an emergency ballot, your general registrar shall provide the absentee ballot to your designated representative for delivery to you
  • You shall mark the ballot in the presence of your designated representative
  • The ballot shall be counted only if the ballot is received by the general registrar prior to the close of polls

       2. (For certain voters) You Change Plans After Noon Saturday (Va. Code § 24.2-705.1)


  • You must be either an officer of election who was assigned after 12:00 pm on the Saturday before the election to work in a precinct other than his own; or
  • You had an obligation arise after 12:00 pm on the Saturday before the election due either to; 1) your business, profession, or occupation; 2) the hospitalization of you or a member of your immediate family; or 3) the death of a member of your immediate family

Voter Requirements

Lost or Damaged Early Voting Ballots
If you damage, mark incorrectly (spoil), lose your original early voting ballot, or never received it, call the Office of Elections immediately at 703-257-8230 and we can explain what you need to do to get a replacement ballot.

If the ballot is damaged or spoiled, you must return it to us before we can give you a replacement ballot. Here is what you can do, but we strongly recommend that you call us first at 703-257-8230.

Visit the Office of Elections, 9025 Center Street, Manassas, VA, 20110. We can issue you a replacement ballot up until the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. Make sure to bring your damaged or spoiled ballot.

  • Bring your damaged or spoiled ballot to your polling place, or our office on Election Day, where you can vote once you turn your ballot over to an election officer. If you lost or never received your ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot at the polling place on Election Day. This ballot will not be counted on Election Day. However, once we verify that we did not receive your absentee ballot, we will process your provisional ballot.

  • A voter with an illness or disability who cannot come to our office may designate an individual to pick up and return a replacement ballot on your behalf. Please call the Office of Elections first at 703-257-8230 to find out what you need to do for this process.

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