Office of Elections

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035

Gary D. Scott,
Director of the Office of Elections & General Registrar

Absentee Voting

The Office of Elections will remain open for business during its regular office hours, however, in person services for voter registration and absentee voting will only be available curbside at the Fairfax County Government Center. Voters should call 703-222-0776 upon arriving and materials will be brought out.

Voters can apply for or update their voter registration and submit a by-mail absentee application at https://Vote.Elections.Virginia.Gov.
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, and Facebook
  1. Your absentee ballot is counted on election night in the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) and your vote is included with the absentee reported results.

  2. 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.

    Please note: Reason codes are no longer needed to vote absentee in person or by mail in Virginia.

  3. You can apply for an absentee ballot online by accessing your Virginia Voter Record. You will need the following to complete this request:
    • Social Security Number
    • Virginia Driver's License
    Your 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.
Upcoming November 3, 2020,
General & Special Elections
  • September 18: First absentee ballot mailout
  • September 18: Early voting/absentee in-person voting begins at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA
  • October 13: Voter Registration Deadline (In Person/By Mail) 5:00 p.m.; online: 11:59 p.m.
  • October 23: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, fax and online: 5:00 p.m. 
  • October 31: Final day to vote absentee early/in-person, 5:00 pm
  • November 6: Deadline to return your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections: 12:00 noon. Ballot must be postmarked by November 3




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United States Postal Service (USPS) Delivery Delays:

USPS First Class mail delivery is generally 3-5 business days. Please take this into consideration and allow ample time to apply for and mail your absentee ballot to the Fairfax County Office of Elections.

To track the status of your absentee ballot application and ballot, view your Virginia Voter Record.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, by fax, or by email is 11 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 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
    • 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
  • The completed application will be approved and processed.
  • Once ballots are available (approximately 45 day prior to the election), 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).

Absentee ballots, to be counted, must be POSTMARKED on or by Election Day and returned to the Office of Elections by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately after Election Day.



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