Office of Elections

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 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

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 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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 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.
  • What's on My Ballot? (November information TBA)
  • Voter Photo ID Requirements
  • Upcoming Voter Photo ID Opportunities
  • September 21: In-Person Absentee Voting scheduled to begin at the Fairfax County Government Center Office of Elections, Conference Rooms 2/3 
  • October 15: Voter Registration Deadline (In-Person/By Mail) 5:00 p.m.; Online: 11:59 p.m.
  • October 30: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, 5:00 p.m. 
  • November 3: Deadline for In-Person Absentee Voting, 5:00 p.m.
  • November 6: Absentee Ballot return deadline, 7:00 p.m.


Please select a link to an in-person absentee voting location for more information.

In-Person Satellite Voting Locations
(Days/Times TBA)


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.

To track the status of your absentee ballot application and ballot, view your Virginia Voter Record. For tracking your mailed, domestic ballot only, go to Ballot Scout.

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
    • 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).

Absentee ballots, to be counted, must be returned to the Office of Elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 6, 2018.