RICHMOND, Virginia – The Virginia Department of Elections wants voters in Virginia to know they are free to be absent! The Department today announced “Free to Be Absentee,” its new awareness campaign designed to educate voters about absenteeism and early voting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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The campaign features a series of contemporary and entertaining digital ads and social media content that emphasize the creative focus on the postal and advance voting processes. This information will be available on the The department’s website here, and shared with media across the Commonwealth. “We are excited about our new campaign and determined to ensure that all eligible voters in Virginia have their voices heard,” said Christopher Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections. “We want voters to know all the options they have for voting in the next election. While postal voting is not new to Virginians, after the passage of new legislation by the Virginia General Assembly that took effect on July 1, 2020, voters in Virginia no longer have need an excuse to vote by mail. Any registered voter can request a postal ballot or go to the advance poll in person. Postal ballots will begin mailing on September 18, the same day early voting begins in all towns across the Commonwealth. Voters with questions about mail, mail, and in-person voting or any aspect of the November 3, 2020 election can call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at info @ elections.virginia.gov, or visit our website at elections.virginia.gov/absentee. Voters are also encouraged to follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media platforms.