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Witness signature required on all absentee ballots

The Virginia Department of Elections issued a release last week reminding voters that witness signatures are required on all absentee ballots being cast in the 2021 general election.

The requirement for a witness signature was waived during last year’s election in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the release, if a general registrar finds after examining a returned absentee ballot envelope that the witness signature is missing, the voter will be notified within three days after receipt in the registrar’s office that the ballot requires modification. The voter will have until noon on the third day after the election (Nov. 5) to correct their ballot in order for it to be counted.

The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to return their absentee ballot at their earliest convenience. A voter may return their absentee ballot by delivering it to:

—The USPS or a commercial delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). All absentee ballots include pre-paid p...

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