What to Do If You Qualify to Vote By Mail


Sept. 30, 2013

You can apply for a mail-in absentee ballot for the Nov. 5 General Election if you are homebound due to a disability, a college student attending school outside the county, will be out of town on Election Day or meet one of the other qualifications to vote absentee.

Here’s what to do if you are a registered voter:

  • Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and do one of the following:
    • Mail to Office of Elections, Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038, or
    • Fax to the Office of Elections at 703-324-3725, or
    • Scan and email the PDF to absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov.
  • Absentee ballot applications are also available at the Fairfax County Government Center, Suite 323, as well as Board of Supervisors' offices and Library branches, or can be mailed to you by calling 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
  • It is important to know that if you are printing out the application form, or converting to a PDF to email, the form must be signed before it is sent to the Office of Elections.
  • Note to students and others temporarily away from home: If you want your ballot sent to your college/temporary address, please add that address in box 6 and your registered Fairfax County address in box 5 on the application form; otherwise it will be sent to your Fairfax County home address.
  • Be sure to complete all information on the form, including the reason you need to vote absentee, the address where you want the ballot mailed, your full name, home address and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Incomplete applications must be denied by law.
  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Oct. 29, 5 p.m.; your mail-in absentee ballot must be received by the Office of Elections by Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

When you receive your mail-in ballot, here are some helpful directions:


Directions for Your Mail-in Absentee Ballot (Spanish)

You also have the option to absentee vote in-person during the week or on a Saturday. List of absentee voting hours and locations.

Note: Fairfax County students attending George Mason University or other schools in the county may not be eligible to vote absentee and must vote on Election Day, Nov. 5, in the county precinct where they are registered, unless they meet other eligibility requirements for voting absentee.

The Nov. 5 General Election will include elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, House of Delegates, the Fairfax County sheriff as well as a School Bond Referendum. Sample ballots are online.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 15. If you are not registered, you can register online. Check your voter registration status and get other valuable information on your smartphone. Download the free Fairfax County Government app on the county’s mobile page or search Fairfax County Government on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once you download and launch the Fairfax County app, look for the vote icon.

For more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections.

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