Early voting begins Friday, Sept. 23, for the congressional midterm elections. Candidates for the 8th, 10th and 11th Congressional Districts will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, along with the Town of Herndon Council and mayor.
Three locations will be open for early voting on weekdays:
- Fairfax County Government Center: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Mount Vernon Governmental Center: 1 to 7 p.m.
- North County Governmental Center: 1 to 7 p.m.
These locations will be the only places available for early voting until Oct. 27, when an additional 13 sites will open.
Before going to vote, please double check the hours early voting sites are open because times vary by location.
Any registered voter can cast their ballot at any early voting site. The last day to vote early is Saturday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.
MORE EARLY VOTING SITES OPEN Oct. 27
An additional 13 early voting locations will be offered beginning Oct. 27:
- Burke Centre Library
- Centreville Regional Library
- Franconia Governmental Center
- Great Falls Library
- Herndon-Fortnightly Library
- Lorton Community Center
- Mason Governmental Center
- McLean Governmental Center
- Providence Community Center
- Sully Governmental Center
- Thomas Jefferson Library
- Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
- West Springfield Governmental Center
Weekday voting hours at these locations will be from 1 to 7 p.m.
WEEKEND VOTING HOURS
Weekend voting will be offered on three Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Saturday, Sept. 24: ONLY the Fairfax County Government Center, Mount Vernon Governmental Center and North County Governmental Center are open.
- Saturday, Oct. 29: Every early voting site is open.
- Saturday, Nov. 5: Every early voting site is open (and it is the last day to vote early).
For the second time ever, the county also will offer voting hours on a Sunday:
- Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.
WHAT’S ON THE BALLOT?
The Nov. 8 election is for the U.S. House of Representatives:
- 8th Congressional District
- 10th Congressional District
- 11th Congressional District
For Town of Herndon residents, the mayor and council are also up for election.
WHAT TO BRING WHEN VOTING EARLY
By law, voters must show identification when they vote — but a photo ID, like a driver’s license, is no longer required. You may use as ID a copy of your:
- Current utility bill.
- Bank statement.
- Government check.
- Other government document with the voter’s name and address.
Of course, photo IDs remain an acceptable form of identification — and you can even use an expired Virginia driver’s license no matter how long ago it expired.
DOUBLE CHECK YOUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
As a result of redistricting, which is a legally required process to adjust election districts every 10 years, voters may find that their congressional district has changed. Before going to vote, double check your district by looking up your voter information on the state’s online portal.
Fairfax County also will mail voters a personalized sample ballot. It will indicate your congressional district, precinct and polling place.
Additionally, the state will send voters a redistricting mailer, reminding them of their new state legislative and congressional districts as a result of redistricting.
VOTE BY MAIL
For voters who already requested them, their absentee ballots will begin to arrive in the mail after Sept. 23.
To vote by mail, you must apply by Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., and any registered voter can absentee vote by mail without needing a reason or excuse.
The fastest and most secure way to apply is online on the Virginia Department of Elections website. You’ll also be able to track the status of your application, as well as when your ballot is mailed to you. Your Virginia driver’s license number is needed to apply online, along with the last four digits of your Social Security number.
If you don’t want to mail back your cast ballot, you can return it at a drop-off box at any early voting site during the hours they’re open. There also is a 24-hour secure, drop-off box available outside the Fairfax County Government Center.
For questions or more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.