Slow Start in Central Va. for New Online Absentee Voting Service

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Starting this week, Virginians can apply for an absentee voting ballot online.

Since it rolled out Wednesday, October 14, Albemarle County and Charlottesville have seen a hand-full of people using the new service.

Right now, the county's voter registrar has received almost 10 applications for absentee ballots through the online system.

The Virginia Department of Elections website now has a tab that allows users to view their voting record, apply to vote absentee, and view upcoming ballot information.

The new application is a joint venture between the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Board of Elections.

"Rather than having to actually cursively sign that ballot application, because the DMV has your cursive handwritten signature digitized, you know you can see it on your driver’s license. That will be the signature that's on the application. So it's a completely online application process," said Albemarle Co. Voter Registrar Jake Washburne.

Charlottesville has currently received only one online application from an absentee voter.

Those interested in casting an absentee ballot can vote by mail by October 27, or in person by October 31.

Voters are reminded to bring an accepted form of identification with them when they go to cast their ballot. 

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