Northern Virginia who cannot be present to vote in the general election Nov. 4 can cast absentee ballots.

The deadline to cast your absentee ballot in person in Saturday Nov. 1 Under Virginia law, only four groups of voters can cast absentee ballots by mail: military personnel and the their spouses, students and their spouses, citizens living overseas or persons who cannot get to the polls because of illness. To cast a mail-in ballot, you must request an application from your local election board by Oct. 30. If you are a qualified voter, a ballot will then be sent to you and it must be returned by the time polls close at 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Election officials urge all voters who believe they may be away from home on election day to vote absentee. You must, of course, be a registered voter (registration for the general election ended Oct. 4) and must state why you cannot be at the polls Nov. 4.

Officials emphasize that because this is a presidential year, there is a heavy volume of absentee voting and urged all absentee voters to cast their ballots as early as possible.

The following is a list of locations where you may cast an absentee ballot in person. All persons must vote in their own jurisdiction.

Alexandria: Room 101, City Hall, Washington Street. Open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arlington: Room 130, County Courthouse, Courthouse Road. Open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairfax City: Room 201, City Hall, Armstrong Street.Open Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairfax County: Office of Register, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax, and at four satellite locations:

Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria.

West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield.

Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annadale.

McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd., McLean.

Hours for the registrar's office through Nov. 1: Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours for the sattelite locations through Nov. 1: Mondays through Thursdays, 1 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall Church: City Hall, 300 Park Ave. Open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Loudoun County: 21 E. Cornwall St., Leesburg. Open Tuesday through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Manassas: General Registrar's office 9027 Centre St., City Hall Annex. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Manassas Park: City Hall, 101 Manassas Dr. Open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturaday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince William County: General Registrar's Office, Courthouse, 9254 Lee Ave., Manassas. Open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the eastern part of the county: County Administration Building (also known as the Garfield Substation), 15960 Cardinal Dr., Woodbridge. Open Thursdays from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.