ELECTION SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Every citizen has the right to vote regardless of whether he or she is affected by a disability. Fairfax County is dedicated to providing accessible voting to all registered voters. If you have a disability, please review the following information and resources:
- All eligible Virginia residents may register to vote by mail. Deadlines apply.
- Online - To register to vote or to update your voter registration information, please visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.
- By Mail - The Virginia voter registration application, along with further information, may be found online at the Virginia Department of Elections website.
- To have an application mailed to you, call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email email@example.com.
- You can also pick up applications at county facilities, such as libraries and governmental centers. Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) for the nearest location.
A registered voter who is unable to go to the polls on Election Day because of a disability or illness--or a registered voter who is the primary caretaker of a family member confined at home--may vote by absentee ballot in-person at the Office of Elections or a satellite location
, or may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.
- Absentee ballot application forms are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/voter-forms. To request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you, call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Absentee ballot applications must be returned to our office either by mail to the Office of Elections, Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038, or emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to 703 324-3725. Deadlines apply.
- All absentee application requests to vote by absentee ballot by mail must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.
- In-person absentee voting is available in our office during office hours and during extended hours, as scheduled through 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election.
- Prior to June Primary Elections and November General and Special Elections especially, we offer in-person absentee voting at up to 10 satellite absentee voting locations throughout the county. Satellite voting locations depend on the size and scope of the election in question. The availability of these locations will vary election by election.
- Your voted absentee ballot must be received by the Office of Elections (not postmarked) by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
VOTING AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY
- All polling places are wheelchair accessible.
- Curbside voting is available for those who are 65-years-old or older, or any person with a physical disability.
- Accessibility problems encountered at the polling place should be reported as soon as possible to the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-324-4735 (TTY 711).
- Effective July 1, 2014, New Voter Photo ID Requirements. For additional information, please call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Every polling place is equipped with ballot marking devices (ExpressVote machines), which are designed to provide voters with disabilities the opportunity to cast their vote unassisted.
- Each ballot marking device is equipped with an audio headset that enables voters with visual impairments to cast a ballot without assistance.
- Each polling place has a magnifying device available for voters who may have difficulty reading the electronically scanned ballot.
Note: The availability of accessible voting equipment does not mean you must use the equipment. If you need assistance casting a ballot because of disabilities, you are entitled to request assistance. You may ask an election official to assist or bring an assistant with you. There are some restrictions on who may assist you. If you have questions, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).