Four Important Things to Know About Absentee Voting in Fairfax County:
1. Your absentee ballot is counted on election night and your vote is included with the reported results.
2. There are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia, including working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check the Virginia Department of Elections list to see if you are eligible.
3. There are two ways to absentee vote, in-person and by mail. To do either, you should first check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date. Then you will need to apply for an absentee ballot. Note: If you vote absentee in-person you will fill out the application when you arrive at the in-person absentee location (see locations below). Voting absentee by mail? Read below for the process of applying for your mail-in ballot.
4. You can apply for an absentee ballot online by accessing your Virginia Voter Record. You will need your Social Security Number and information on your Virginia Driver's License to complete the application. Information is also provided on how to apply if you do not have a driver's license.
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Inclement Weather Information
In the event that Fairfax County Government Offices close due to inclement weather, absentee voting will be cancelled. For additional information on operating status, please call the Fairfax County Government Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771. Information is also available through the County’s website, Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty).
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000
Government Center Pkwy., Suite 323, Fairfax
Dates: July 14 - August 25
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: August 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
*In-Person Absentee Voting at Satellite Locations
*NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE AUGUST 29 SPECIAL ELECTION
Community Center - 3001 Vaden Dr.,
Governmental Center - 6121 Franconia Rd.,
Governmental Center - 1437 Balls Hill Rd.,
Community Room, McLean, 22101
Governmental Center - 1801 Cameron Glen
Dr., Community Rooms, Reston, 20190
Springfield Governmental Center - 6140 Rolling Rd.,
Governmental Center - 6507 Columbia Pike,
Governmental Center - 2511 Parkers Lane,
Governmental Center - 4900 Stonecroft
Blvd., Chantilly, 20151
Library - 9520 Richmond Hwy.,
Absentee Voting by Mail
Important note if you are voting absentee by mail using the United States Postal Service (USPS): The USPS has changed its delivery standards and First Class mail delivery is now two to five days. Standard delivery is now two to nine days. Please take this into consideration and allow ample time to apply for and mail-in your absentee ballot so that it is delivered to the Office of Elections by Election Day by 7:00 pm.
You can keep tabs on the status of your mail-in absentee ballot application and ballot: go to the Virginia Citizen Portal; access your Virginia Voter Record to view your voter-related information.
Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, fax or email, is 7 days prior to Election Day by 5:00 pm
What you need to do:
- You can apply for your absentee ballot online
- Print the absentee ballot application (PDF). Absentee ballot applications are also available at county governmental centers and library branches, or call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
- Complete the absentee ballot application (PDF) – make sure you sign the application.
- Fax the application to the Office of Elections at 703-324-3725. Or, scan then email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail to the Office of Elections, Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038.
- Once your completed application is received, your absentee ballot will be sent to you within three business days. If you have questions about your ballot, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
The deadline to return your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections is Election Day, by 7:00 p.m.
Absentee Voting Resources
Online Absentee Ballot Application via the Virginia Citizen's Portal
Absentee Voting Ballot Application (PDF version) – scroll down, includes list of eligible reasons to vote absentee
Absentee Voting Info:
Call: 703-222-0776, TTY 711
Absentee Fax: 703-324-3725
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy., Ste. 323
Fairfax, VA 22035