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A voter registration sign stands just inside the entrance way of the Henry County Administration Building.

Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline in Virginia for requesting an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by the local voter registration office by noon on Nov. 6. Voters can also drop off their marked and sealed ballots at their general registrar’s office or polling place up to 7 p.m. on Election Day. There is no longer a requirement for a reason to vote absentee.

In-person early voting continues through Oct. 31. President, vice president, a U.S. Senator, the 5th Congressional District, Martinsville City Council and some referenda are on the ballot for Nov. 3.

Any registered voter — the deadline to register has passed — can avoid lines at the polls by voting early either in-person or by mail. If you have voted previously in Virginia, you don’t even need an ID. You only have to sign to attest to your registration.

This is all handled by your local registrar’s office.

If you live in Martinsville, your registrar is Cynthia Barbour. Her phone number is 276-403-5122 and her email is cbarbour@ci.martinsville.va.us. If you live in Henry County, it’s Elizabeth Stone. Her phone number is 276-638-5108 and her email is estone@co.henry.va.us. If you live in Patrick County, your registrar is Susan Taylor. Her phone number is 276-694-7206 and her email is staylor@co.patrick.va.us.

Here’s other pertinent info:

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 31.

WHERE: Registrars offices in Martinsville, Henry County and Patrick County (and all other localities).

ID: A valid form of identification is required for first-time voters but not returning voters.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Passed.

GENERAL ELECTION DAY: 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 3

MORE INFORMATION: Voters with questions about absentee, mail-in and in-person voting can call 800-552-9745, email info@elections.virginia.gov or visit elections.virginia.gov.

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