In the event that Fairfax County Government Offices close due to inclement weather, absentee voting will be cancelled. For additional information on operating status, please call the Fairfax County Government Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771. Information is also available through the County’s website, Twitter www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty, and Facebook www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty.
- Your absentee ballot is counted on election night in the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) and your vote is included with the absentee reported results.
- There are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia. Check the list provided by the Virginia Department of Elections to see if you are eligible (refer to the Reason Codes for Voting Absentee section).
- There are two ways to vote absentee in Virginia: in-person and by mail. To do either, you should first check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date.
- You can apply for an absentee ballot online by accessing your Virginia Voter Record. You will need the following documents to complete this request:
• Social Security NumberYour application will be denied if you fail to provide the last four digits of your social security number or any other information required to determine your qualification to vote absentee. For additional information, please visit the Virginia Department of Elections' website or contact our office.
• Virginia Driver's License
- What's on My Ballot?
- Voter Photo ID Requirements
- Upcoming Voter Photo ID Opportunities
- March 16: In-Person Absentee Voting begins at the Fairfax County Government Center Office of Elections, Suite 323 ONLY
- April 9: Voter Registration Deadline 5:00 p.m., Online: 11:59 p.m.
- April 24: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, 5:00 p.m.
- April 28: Deadline for In-Person Absentee Voting, 5:00 p.m.
- May 1: Absentee Ballot return deadline, 7:00 p.m.
If you prefer to vote absentee in-person you may visit one of our ten in-person voting locations. Satellite voting locations will not be available for the May 1 Town Elections.
United States Postal Service (USPS) Delivery Delays:
USPS First Class mail delivery is generally 3-5 days. Standard delivery is generally 3-9 days. Please take this into consideration and allow ample time to apply for and mail-in your absentee ballot so that it is received in the Fairfax County Office of Elections by the Election Day deadline of 7:00 pm.
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, by fax, or by email is 7 days prior to Election Day by 5:00 pm.
What you need to do:
- You can apply for your absentee ballot online.
- Print, complete, and sign the absentee ballot application (PDF). Absentee ballot applications are also available for in-person visits at county governmental centers such as the Government Center as well as Fairfax County library branches.
- Send the completed application to our office using one of the following methods:
- Scan then email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail the application to the Office of Elections at Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038
- Fax the application to the Office of Elections at 703-324-3725
- Once your completed application is received and accepted, your absentee ballot will be sent to you in three business days. If you have questions about your ballot, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
The deadline to return your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections is Election Day at 7:00 pm.