Election Day Voting - FAQs
When is the Election? When are the polls open?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. each Election Day. If you are waiting in line at the polling place before 7:00 p.m., you are entitled to vote.
Where do I vote?
You can look up your polling place online. Your voter information card also has the name and address of your polling place. Additionally, Fairfax County has developed a mobile app that will show your polling place and allow you to get driving directions on your smartphone. If you no longer have your voter information card and want another, call for our office to mail you a replacement.
Unless you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, you may only vote at your polling place.
Do I have to show ID before voting at my polling place? [Note: This answer differs if you vote by mail, as described above.]
Yes, as we described above.
Can I campaign for candidates or issues outside the polls?
Yes. So long as the activity occurs 40 feet away from any entrance to the polling place, any one advocating for a candidate or ballot issue may campaign outside the polling place. The 40 feet zone extends from the entrance to the polling place. Election officers at the polling place will place signs labeled “Prohibited Area” within 40 feet of the entrances to the polling place.
Whether inside or outside the 40-foot zone, no one, including candidates or party representatives may hinder or delay any voters entering or leaving the polling place.
No person may use a loudspeaker within 300 feet of a polling place on Election Day.
May I wear campaign materials inside the polling place?
Maybe. Only voters who approach and enter the polling place for the purpose of voting may wear a shirt, hat, button, sticker, or other apparel showing a candidate’s name or political slogan into the polling place. Candidates, representatives and others approaching the polling place for political or other purposes may not wear campaign apparel, buttons, stickers, etc.
Although they may wear campaign materials inside the polling place, voters may not advocate for any candidates or issues while inside the polling place or within 40 feet from any entrance to the polling place.