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City of Alexandria to Open Additional Polling Places for Absentee Voting

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Beatley Library will be one of three additional polling places for absentee voting starting Oct. 23.(Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – To ensure that all residents have the opportunity to cast a ballot in the upcoming general election, the City of Alexandria will open additional polling places. Alexandrians will be able to vote absentee between Oct. 23 and Oct.31.

The three locations are: Charles Beatley Library, Minnie Howard School, and George Washington Middle School. The last day to vote absentee is Saturday, Oct. 31.

For specific details according to location, please see the following:

Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St.

  • Friday, October 23, Noon-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26, Noon-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27, Noon-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28, Noon-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, Noon-8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, Noon-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Road

  • Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.

  • Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

The Office of Voter Registration & Elections, located at 132 N. Royal St., Ste. 100, is also open for in-person absentee voting. Office hours are currently Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours will start Oct. 23. For dates and times, see below:

  • Friday, October 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

COVID-19 Precautions

All in-person voting locations will implement health safety guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and CDC. Election officials will be trained in safety practices, hand sanitizer will be available, plexiglass shields will be installed, and the number people allowed inside at one time will be limited.

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps will be on hand at polling locations, both inside and outside, to ensure proper distancing and encourage mask use.  People who are sick during these dates are advised to stay home and vote by mail.

Voting by Mail

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 23. Applications must be received by Voter Registration on that day no later than 5 p.m. To apply for a ballot online, click HERE. To request a paper application, contact Voter Registration at 703-746-4050 or visit Completed ballots must be either returned in-person by Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. or have a Nov. 3 postmark and be received by Voter Registration on Nov. 6 at noon.

Voters will have access to ballot drop boxes on the above listed dates and times at all locations. The boxes will also be available on Nov. 3 at all polling places from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a secure drop box at Voter Registration that is available 24 hours a day and monitored by surveillance cameras.

Curbside Voting and Other Accommodations

Certain residents can vote curbside now through Nov. 3. at each absentee voting location. The option will also be available on Nov. 3 at polling places. It is specifically for those who are 65 or older, have a physical disability, or COVID-19 symptoms.

To ask about reasonable accommodations related to disability or for more information, contact Angela Maniglia-Turner at [email protected] or 703-746-4050, Virginia Relay 711.

RELATED: Absentee Ballots Up Almost 500% in Alexandria Over 2016 Election

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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