Absentee & Early Voting


Registered voters are permitted to cast their ballots early in-person beginning 45 days prior to Election Day.  Our hours are 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday and we are also open from 8 AM to 4 PM on the two Saturdays prior to Election Day.  Vote early in person here:

Roanoke County Dept. of Elections
900 Chestnut Street
Vinton, Virginia, 24179

Before visiting our office, please confirm/update your voter registration status with the Virginia Department of Elections.

Additional Information about Early Voting In-Person

  • 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. Learn more about Voter Identification Requirements. If you are unable to do so, you will need either to sign an ID Confirmation Statement or use a provisional ballot.        
  • Accessible equipment and curbside voting is available upon request for voters with special needs and who are 65 years of age or older.


Visit the Virginia Department of Elections website to submit your application to vote absentee by mail online.  48-72 hours after applying, you can check on the status of your absentee application by logging into the Virginia Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal.

Download and complete the Virginia Vote by Mail Application Form, which you should then return by:

  • Mailing it to:
    Roanoke County Dept. of Elections
    P.O. Box 20884
    Roanoke County, VA 24018

  • Emailing your signed and completed application to:
  • Dropping it off in person to our office at:
    Roanoke County Dept. of Elections
    900 Chestnut Street
     Vinton, Virginia, 24179

Additional Information about Voting Absentee by Mail

  • We begin mailing absentee ballots out to voters with valid requests on file 45 days prior to Election Day.
  • Visit the Virginia Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal to:
    • Confirm that your absentee ballot application was submitted/received (if returning your application by mail, please remember to allow at least 5-7 business days for it to arrive).
    • Check your absentee ballot application’s approval status (you will only receive notification by mail if our office cannot approve your absentee ballot application as submitted; Virginia law does not require and Virginia’s voter registration system does not permit our office to send notice of each approved application).
    • See whether our office has mailed your absentee ballot out or received and checked-in your voted ballot.
  • If voting absentee by mail, please bear in mind that our Ballot Tracker tool is ONLY capable of tracking ballots mailed out and returned via the U.S. Postal Service. BallotTracker will not display accurate information about the movement of ballots sent or returned through any other means (e.g., personal delivery to our office, in a ballot drop-bag, at the polls on Election Day, etc.) or mail carrier (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.).

  • If you applied to vote absentee by mail and later decided that you would rather vote early in-person at our office, please bring your unused absentee ballot and all related envelopes with you when you come to vote. 


In state and local elections, some first-time voters are not eligible to 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


For more information, contact the Roanoke County Dept. of Elections at 540-772-7500, email to elections@roanokecountyva.gov, or visit us at 900 Chestnut Street in Vinton, Virginia 24179.