Absentee voting is underway for the Nov. 7 election. The ballot includes candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates, as well as a public school bond referendum.
Our county has more than 680,000 active registered voters and we’re expecting a turnout similar or more than we had in 2013, which was almost 50 percent. That’s a lot of people who will go through our 243 voter precincts on Nov. 7 during the 13 hours of voting, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You may want to consider absentee voting, especially if you have a long commute, have a disability or illness or you are a first responder. There are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia.
And, we have 10 locations countywide where you can absentee vote in person.
Watch our Sept. 22 Facebook Live for more on absentee voting:
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Look over the list below and see if you qualify.
In-person absentee voting begins Friday, Sept. 22, and the last day is Saturday, Nov. 4. There are 10 locations for absentee voting and weekday and Saturday hours for your convenience.
You must be a registered voter and you will need to bring your photo ID. You will receive an absentee voting application when you arrive. (The deadline to register to vote and update your name and address is Oct. 16.)
You also have the option of voting with a mail-in ballot. Here is what you need to know:
- The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
- Fill out your mail-in ballot and return, carefully following the included instructions. Your mail-in ballot must be received by the Fairfax County Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7.
- If you return your ballot by regular mail, you should allow at least 7 days for first-class U.S. Postal Service delivery. Your mail-in absentee ballot will not be counted if it is received after 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.
It is important that you are an informed voter and get official election information from the Fairfax County Office of Elections and the Virginia Department of Elections.
- Subscribe to Fairfax Alerts. Check the box for Office of Elections and indicate how you would like to receive news and updates and on what devices.
- Follow @fairfaxvotes and @fairfaxcounty on Twitter.
- Go online to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711)
- Visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.