Virginia is an important swing state in the 2016 presidential election, and we live in the largest jurisdiction in the state with 700,000 registered voters – so yes, your vote matters. The election kicks off here on Friday, Jan. 15, when absentee voting begins for the March 1 presidential primaries.
There are three things you can do now to make sure you are ready to vote:
When was the last time you checked your voter registration status? Have you moved or married and changed your name? Check now to ensure you are able to vote in the 2016 elections. The deadline to update your voter registration or to register to vote for the March 1 primary is Monday, Feb. 8.
Important Note: We do not register to vote by party in Virginia. On Feb. 4, 2016, the State Board of Elections approved the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to rescind use of a statement of affiliation to vote in the Republican Party Primary. Voters who request a Republican ballot for the March 1 Primary will not be asked to sign a statement of affiliation. More information will be found at http://elections.virginia.gov/
The state permits nearly 20 valid reasons why you may be eligible to absentee vote; look over this list and see if you qualify:
— Fairfax County Votes (@fairfaxvotes) January 7, 2016
For the next several months we will be bombarded with lots of information on the election and the voting process – some of it correct and some of it rumors or misinformation. There are several ways for you to be an informed Fairfax County voter and get news and updates from the Office 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.
— Fairfax County Votes (@fairfaxvotes) January 8, 2016
If you are interested in actively participating (in a non-partisan way) in what looks to be an historic and exciting election year, please consider becoming a poll worker (we call them election officers). We need thousands of poll workers to work in our 242 voting precincts – support our democracy, meet new people and get paid, too!