Beatley Library NOW Open for Absentee Voting

by Lee Hernly, Editor


Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee for the November 3 General Election may cast an absentee ballot in person at Beatley Library or the Alexandria Voter Registration Office. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service, or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
  • A caregiver for a confined family member.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).

Absentee Voting in Person

To cast an in-person absentee ballot, go to either site listed below during the scheduled hours. The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, October 31, at 5:00 PM.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St.

  • October 24                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 26-29             1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • October 30                  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 31                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St., #100

  • October 24                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 26-29             8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • October 30                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 31                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is Tuesday, October 27, at 5 p.m.Absentee ballot applications are available at this link, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. The signed application may be returned in person, or by mail, fax (703.838.6449) or email (

Voters may also apply for an absentee ballot online using the Citizen Portal at this link.

ID Requirements for Absentee Voting

Virginia’s photo ID requirements apply to voters who cast their absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to absentee voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Other government-issued photo identification card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
  • Valid student photo identification card from an institution of higher education in Virginia
  • Valid employee photo identification card

Voters who do not have acceptable identification may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, November 3, all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s on the Ballot?

In Alexandria, the November ballot includes Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates, and Alexandria Mayor, City Council and School Board.  For complete information on this election, including absentee voting, sample ballots, precinct maps and photo ID requirements, visit this link.

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050.

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