With this form of voting, a registered voter can send in a handwritten request to the board of elections to request an absentee ballot. The ballot will then be mailed to the voter, who has until 5 p.m. the day before the election, May 3 in this case, to return the ballot.
A person does not have to have an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Any registered voter in Surry County has the opportunity to vote from home.
The letter written to the board of elections requesting the absentee ballot must include the voter’s printed and signed name; Surry County residence address; address he or she wants the ballot mailed to if different; the primary he or she wants to participate in, if the voter is registered as unaffiliated; birth date (not required); phone number or e-mail address (not required). It must also be signed.
The letter must be mailed to the Surry County Board of Elections at P.O. Box 372, Dobson, NC, 27017, or faxed to 336-401-8228. The request can also be brought directly to the board office, but the ballot still has to be mailed back to the voter.
The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is April 27. The deadline to return absentee ballots is May 3 at 5 p.m.
The voter registration deadline for the primary is April 9, which is also the deadline to change party affiliation.
Absentee voting by mail only covers one election. To vote in the general election in November, the absentee voter must repeat the above process.
For more information about the voting process, contact the Surry County Board of Elections at 401-8225.