2018 Absentee Voting; 20 Reasons and 10 Locations

Vote 2018

The 2018 election is quickly approaching and in-person absentee voting is underway at 10 locations countywide. Saturday, Nov. 3 is the last day to absentee vote in person. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

View Map of 10 Locations and Wait Times


What’s on Your Ballot?

The Nov. 6 election ballot includes:

  • Member, United States Senate
  • Member, United States House of Representatives (8th, 10th and 11th Congressional Districts)

Town of Herndon (Voters who live in Herndon only)

  • Mayor
  • Member, Town Council

In addition, there is a public safety bond referendum and two Virginia state constitutional amendments.


You Should Consider Absentee Voting

Our county has almost 700,000 active registered voters and we’re expecting a good turnout based on recent elections. That means a lot of people will go through our 243 voter precincts on Nov. 6 during the 13 hours of voting, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You may want to consider absentee voting, especially if you have a long commute, have a disability or illness or you are a first responder. There are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia.


Am I Eligible to Vote Absentee?

Absentee voting signs


Look over the list below and see if you qualify.

Reasons You Can Absentee Vote


Where Do I Go to Absentee Vote in Person?

In-person absentee voting began Sept. 21 at the Government Center and will expand to nine additional locations beginning Oct. 13. The last day to absentee vote in-person is Saturday, Nov. 3. There are 10 locations for absentee voting and weekday and Saturday hours for your convenience.

You must be a registered voter and you will need to bring your photo ID.  You will receive an absentee voting application when you arrive. (The deadline to register to vote and update your name and address is Monday, Oct. 15.)

Get Locations, Hours and Dates


How Do I Absentee Vote by Mail?

You also have the option of voting with a mail-in ballot. Here is what you need to know:

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.
Note: To request a ballot by mail, the Virginia Department of Elections advises applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery.

Fill out your mail-in ballot and return, carefully following the included instructions. Your mail-in ballot must be received by the Fairfax County Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.

If you return your ballot by regular mail, you should allow at least seven days for first-class U.S. Postal Service delivery. Your mail-in absentee ballot will not be counted if it is received after 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Apply for Mail-in Ballot


Watch this video to make sure you fill out your mail-in absentee ballot materials correctly:


Info for College Students

College students who are registered to vote in Fairfax County but go to school outside of Fairfax County can absentee vote by mail or in-person in our county. Many of the universities in the commonwealth have fall break during in-person absentee voting and students can vote while they are home on break. For students who choose to absentee vote by mail, please keep in mind that you will need your Social Security number and a postage stamp to mail back your ballot.

Watch this video for college students:


Stay Informed!

Listen: Assistant registrar discusses important things you need to know about absentee voting in the Sept. 26 County Conversation podcast.

It is important that you are an informed voter and get official election information from the Fairfax County Office of Elections and the Virginia Department of Elections.

Subscribe to Fairfax Alerts. Check the box for Office of Elections and indicate how you would like to receive news and updates and on what devices.

Follow @fairfaxvotes and @fairfaxcounty on Twitter.

Go online to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections

Email voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

Call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711)

Visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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