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October 24, 2014 Published in Choice 2014

Beatley Library Opens For Absentee Voting

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, there will be a General Election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Beatley Library or the Office of Voter Registration. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

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, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304:
Oct. 25                         10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oct. 27-30                   1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31                         1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 1                          10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St, #100, Alexandria, VA 22314:
Oct. 24-25                   8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oct. 27-30                   8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31                         8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 1                          8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Absentee ballot applications are available online at alexandriava.gov/Elections<http://alexandriava.gov/Elections>, 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 (VoteAbsentee@alexandriava.gov<mailto:VoteAbsentee@alexandriava.gov>).
Photo ID Requirements for Absentee Voting
Virginia's new photo ID requirements <http://www.alexandriava.gov/goto.aspx?u=http%3A//sbe.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/in-person-voting/&i=2&s=contentbox&h=Virginia%26apos%3Bs%20new%20photo%20ID%20requirements%20> apply to voters who cast an absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to 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 ID card (from the U.S. Government, the   Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)

*         Valid student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia

*         Valid employee photo ID 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.

There are many reasons registered voters may qualify to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

*   Away on business, vacation, active military service, or at school.
*   Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
*   A "first responder" (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician).
*   Physically unable to go to the polls, or a primary caregiver for a family member who is ill.

For sample ballots and more information on absentee voting, see alexandriava.gov/Elections<file:///C:\Users\anna.leider\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\V6R2WU9G\alexandriava.gov\Elections> or call 703.746.4050.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, Nov. 4 all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050 oranna.leider@alexandriava.gov<mailto:anna.leider@alexandriava.gov>.

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