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Ready to vote?

It’s time to cast your ballot.

No, Election Day wasn’t moved up by a month — it’s still Tuesday, Nov. 6. But if you’re a commuter, first responder, student, vacationer, election worker, care giver or otherwise fit within 20 reasons allowed by the state, then you can start voting absentee tomorrow.

Stafford County’s absentee precinct opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, 45 days before what could be one of the largest elections in history. The precinct is right inside the general government complex — not in the registrar’s office, as it previously has been, because of the large projected turnout. “Obviously I can’t do that for thousands and thousands of people,” said Stafford County Registrar Greg Riddlemoser.

In-person absentee voting is an option in the state, along with the traditional mail-in absentee ballot. Virginia does not have early voting like some states do.

The absentee precinct will be open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday for the next six weeks, along with the two Saturdays before the election: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. (Other localities may not yet be ready for in-person absentee voting on Friday. It’s not required to be available until Monday.)

All active voters in Virginia should be on the lookout for new voter registration cards, which the governor ordered be sent out. They should arrive in mailboxes soon.

Here’s a recent letter to the editor from Riddlemoser. 

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