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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -   Election Day is more than seven weeks away, but some Virginians will be able to start voting Friday.

Friday is the first day absentee ballots will be accepted, so Virginians who can't make it to the polls in November can still vote.

People who qualify to vote absentee include:

  • college students
  • disabled voters
  • military
  • voters who are away from the city or county where they're registered.

There are 125,000 Virginia service members votes by absentee ballots.

The deadline to get those absentee votes back is October 30.

During the 2008 presidential election more than half a million absentee ballots were cast in Virginia.

For more information on absentee voting click here.