Election Services for Persons with Disabilities


Every citizen has the right to vote regardless of whether he or she is affected by a disability. Fairfax County is dedicated to providing accessible voting to all registered voters. If you have a disability, please review the following information and resources:

Voter Registration

  • All eligible Virginia residents may register to vote by mail. Deadlines apply
  • Online - To register to vote or to update your voter registration information please visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website
  • By Mail - The Virginia voter registration application, along with further information, may be found online at the Virginia State Board of Elections website
  • To have an application mailed to you, call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email voting@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • You can also pick up applications at county facilites, such as libraries and governmental centers. Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) for the nearest location.

Absentee Voting

A registered voter who is unable to go to the polls on Election Day because of a disability or illness or a registered voter who is the primary caretaker of a familiy member confined at home, may vote by absentee ballot in-person at the Office of Elections or a satellite location, or may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.  

  • Absentee ballot application forms are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/forms.htm To request that an absentee ballot application be mailed to you, call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Absentee ballot applications must be returned to our office either by mail to the Office of Elections, BOX 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038, or emailed to absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov , or faxed to 703 324-3725. Deadlines apply.
  • All absentee application requests to vote by absentee ballot by mail must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.
  • In-person absentee voting is available in our office during office hours and during extended hours, as scheduled through 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. Prior to the November General and Special Elections, we offer in-person absentee voting at seven satellite voting locations throughout the county.
  • Your voted absentee ballot must be returned to the Office of Elections (not postmarked) by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voting at the Polls on Election Day

  • All polling places are wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessibility problems encountered at the polling place should be reported as soon as possible to the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-324-4735 (TTY 711).
  • Virginia requires some form of voter ID, such as your voter information card or a valid Virginia driver's license. For additional information call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711), or email voting@fairfaxcounty.gov
  • Every polling place is equipped with touch-screen voting machines, which are designed to provide voters with disabilities the opportunity to cast their vote unassisted.
  • The touch-screen voting machines will be set up to accommodate voters who are disabled or those unable to stand or reach the machine in the booth.
  • Each touch-screen voting machine is equipped with an audio headset that enables voters with visual impairments to cast a ballot without assistance.
  • Each polling place has a magnifying device available for voters who may have dificulty reading the electronically scanned ballot or touch-screen ballot. The touch-screen voting machines are also equipped with a "zoom" function that allows the voter to view a larger image of the ballot.

Note: The availability of accessible voting equipment does not mean you must use the equipment. If you need assistance casting a ballot because of disabilites, you are entitled to request assistance. You may ask an election official to assist or bring an assistant with you. There are some restrictions on who may assist you. If you have questions, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).  

 

 


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