Voters returning absentee ballots do not have to wait in line to vote, can cast their ballots into a secure onsite ballot bag

Chesterfield, Va – With early voting in full swing in Chesterfield, the county’s Registrar’s Office is reminding early voters returning their absentee ballots to cut the line and drop them into a secure onsite ballot bag.

“We’re asking registered voters that have completed their absentee ballot to avoid waiting in the in person voting line and simply bring it to the Registrar’s Office at 9848 Lori Road,” said Chesterfield General Registrar and Director of Elections Constance L. Hargrove.

The Chesterfield County Electoral Board has sanctioned the use of ballot bags over installing ballot boxes for early voting and the Nov. 3 General Election.

Absentee voters can simply place their ballots in the ballot bag, where it’s monitored and later stored by an Officer of Election in a secure location until the ballots are ready to be opened and counted for the election.

Each voting precinct also will be equipped with ballot bags during the Nov. 3 General Election.

“Using the ballot bag is another safe and secure way for county registered voters to return their ballots for the General Election without having to worry about whether their vote will be counted,” Hargrove said.  

Ballot bags also will be available to early absentee voters seeking to return their ballots at four additional early voting satellite locations set to open starting Monday, Oct. 19:

  • North Courthouse Road Library | 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield
  • LaPrade Library | 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield
  • Meadowdale Library | 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield
  • Matoaca-Ettrick Library | 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield

Currently, voters can only cast their ballots in person, or bring their completed absentee ballots, at the Registrar’s Office, located at 9848 Lori Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office also will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the two Saturdays (Oct. 24 and Oct. 31) before the Nov. 3 General Election.  

All registered Chesterfield voters regardless of precinct can vote early at the county Registrar’s Office and the soon to be open satellite early voting locations.

The last day of early voting is Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Since launching in person and absentee early voting on Sept. 18, the rate of ballots cast by county voters has been high – with 14,220 people already submitting ballots for the General Election.

The volume is only expected to increase as the Nov. 3 General Election nears; however, it’s not too late to register to vote, request an absentee ballot or vote in person.

Visit PromoteTheVoteCfield.org to learn more about how to cast your ballot and important election deadlines. Then work your election plan and vote!

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