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 by Mail


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 and/or visit the Absentee Voting Ballot Tracker through Ballot Scout.

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.

The Virginia General Assembly has approved the use of drop boxes at precincts and satellite locations as well as the Office of the General Registrar (Office of Elections).

During the dates and times that the Office of Elections is open, voters can return their ballot to the Office of Elections.

During the dates and times that the satellites locations are open for absentee in person/early voting, voters can return their ballot to the satellite locations.

On Election Day, November 3, from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., voters can return their ballot to any precinct.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: ONLY when the Office of Elections or absentee in person/early voting satellite locations are open can a voter return their ballot to those locations’ drop box.
  1. Your absentee/early voting 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/early voting, and by mail. To do either, you should first check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date.

    Please note: Virginia no longer requires reason codes for absentee in-person/early voting, or absentee by-mail voting.

  3. You can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot online by accessing your Virginia Voter Record. You must, however, be registered to vote. Please check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date. Once you have verified your registration status, you will need the following to complete your vote-by-mail 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.
  4. If you plan to vote absentee in-person/early voting, you do not need to submit an application, and you do not need to call ahead. You must, however, be registered to vote. Please check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date. Additionally, please review the current voter ID requirements.
Upcoming November 3, 2020,
General & Special Elections
On Election Day Polls Are Open From 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


  • September 18: Absentee in-person/early voting begins at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA
  • October 13: Voter Registration Deadline. In-person: 5:00 p.m., online: 11:59 p.m.
  • October 23: Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail, 5:00 p.m.
  • October 31: Final day for absentee in-person/early voting, 5:00 p.m.

Returned Ballots:

  • November 3: Deadline to hand deliver absentee ballots to Office of Elections is 7:00 p.m.
  • November 6: Deadline for mailed absentee ballots to be received by Office of Elections is 12 p.m. (noon). Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3.
  • Not sure of where you vote? Visit either the GIS My Neighborhood App or the Virginia Department of Elections website
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