Absentee Voting

Four Important Things to Know About Absentee Voting in Fairfax County:

Click Here to Apply Online for an Absentee Ballot

1. Your absentee ballot is counted on election night and your vote is included with the reported results. 

2. There are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia, including working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check the Virginia Department of Elections list to see if you are eligible.

3. There are two ways to absentee vote, in-person and by mail. To do either, you should first  check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date. Then you will need to apply for an absentee ballot. Note: If you vote absentee in-person you will fill out the application when you arrive at the in-person absentee location (see locations below). Voting absentee by mail?  Read below for the process of applying for your mail-in ballot.

4. You can apply for an absentee ballot online by accessing your Virginia Voter Record. You will need your Social Security Number and information on your Virginia Driver's License to complete the application. Information is also provided on how to apply if you do not have a driver's license.

Inclement Weather Information
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).

Click below for an interactive map of the Fairfax Government Center.
You may also open an interactive map of all absentee voting locations.

November 7 - Absentee Voting In-Person at the Government Center

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035, Conference Rooms 2/3
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  • Sept. 22nd thru Oct. 13th:  Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri., 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Thur. 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 9th, Columbus Day - OFFICE CLOSED
  • Beginning Oct. 16th thru Nov. 3rd: - Mon. thru Fri., 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturdays: Sept. 30th, Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov. 4th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

November 4th is the last day to absentee vote in-person

November 7 - Absentee Voting In-Person at Satellite Locations

Dates and Times:

  • Beginning Oct. 16th thru Nov. 3rd: - Mon. thru Fri., 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturdays: Sept. 30th, Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov. 4th: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


November 4th is the last day to absentee vote in-person

Absentee Voting by Mail

Important note if you are voting absentee by mail using the United States Postal Service (USPS): The USPS has changed its delivery standards and First Class mail delivery is now two to five days. Standard delivery is now two to nine days. Please take this into consideration and allow ample time to apply for and mail-in your absentee ballot so that it is delivered to the Office of Elections by Election Day at 7:00 pm.

Track the status of your mail-in absentee ballot application and ballot go to the Virginia Citizen Portal; access your Virginia Voter Record to view your voter-related information.

Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, fax or 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 the absentee ballot application (PDF). Absentee ballot applications are also available at county governmental centers and library branches, or call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).
  • Complete the absentee ballot application (PDF) – make sure you sign the application. 
  • Fax the application to the Office of Elections at 703-324-3725. Or, scan then email the application to absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov. Or, mail to the Office of Elections, Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038.
  • Once your completed application is received and accepted, your absentee ballot will be sent to you within 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.

Absentee Voting Resources

Online Absentee Ballot Application via the Virginia Citizen's Portal

Absentee Voting Ballot Application (PDF version) – scroll down, includes list of eligible reasons to vote absentee

Military/Overseas Absentee Voting

Virginia Department of Elections Absentee Voting Information

Lost, Damaged or Spoiled Ballot


Absentee Voting Info:

Call: 703-222-0776, TTY 711
Email: voting@fairfaxcounty.gov
Absentee Fax: 703-324-3725

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy., Ste. 323
Fairfax, VA 22035

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