Absentee Voting

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 19 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 now apply for an absentee ballot online with the state's new Citizen Portal. 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.

What You Need to Know About the November 8, 2016 General & Special Elections Including Candidates

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Absentee Voting at the Government Center

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).

Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 2/3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035

Weekday Schedule

  • September 23 to October 14 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Monday, October 10, Columbus Day - OFFICE CLOSED
  • October 17 to November 4
    • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday Schedule (November 5 is last day to absentee vote in-person)

  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting at Satellite Locations

Saturday Schedule (November 5 is the last day to absentee vote in-person)

  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekday Schedule 

  • October 17 to November 4
    • Monday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Satellite Voting Locations:

Providence Community Center - 3001 Vaden Dr., Fairfax, 22031

Franconia Governmental Center - 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, 22310

McLean Governmental Center - 1437 Balls Hill Rd., Community Room, McLean, 22101

North County Governmental Center - 1801 Cameron Glen Dr., Community Rooms, Reston, 20190

West Springfield Governmental Center - 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield, 22152

Mason Governmental Center - 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003

Mount Vernon Governmental Center - 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, 22306

Sully District Governmental Center - 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, 20151

Absentee Voting by Mail

You can keep tabs on the status of your mail-in absentee ballot application and ballot. Go to the Virginia Citizen Portal and click on Absentee Status.

Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, fax or email is November 1 at 5 p.m.

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 absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov. 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, beginning on or about September 23. If you have questions about your ballot, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711). 

The deadline to mail in your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections is Election Day, November 8 at 7 p.m.

Absentee Voting Resources

Online Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee Voting Ballot Application (PDF version) – scroll down, includes list of eligible reasons to vote absentee

Military/Overseas Absentee Voting

Virginia Department of Elections Absentee Voting Information

Lost, Damaged or Spoiled Ballot


Absentee Voting Info:

Call: 703-222-0776, TTY 711
Email: voting@fairfaxcounty.gov
Absentee Fax: 703-324-3725

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy., Ste. 323
Fairfax, VA 22035

Video: Tips on Filling Out Your Mail-in Absentee Ballot   Click here for Spanish language version.


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