We are engaged citizens in Fairfax County. During the last two presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, we had about an 80 percent voter turnout – and we expect the same on Election Day, Nov. 8. That’s more than a half million of us voting countywide, which is exciting!
To make voting as easy as possible for you, here are some important things to know and do before you head to your poll.
— Fairfax County Votes (@fairfaxvotes) October 25, 2016
There are 243 poll locations in the county. Double check your correct poll location before you leave home or work to vote! There have been poll location changes since the last election.
Polls are open in Virginia from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are planning to vote on your way home from work, keep in mind you need to be in line at your poll location by 7 p.m. in order to vote – give yourself plenty of travel time.
If you take public transportation, there are two convenient ways to find out how you can get you where you need to go on Election Day:
- Trip Planner: Metro’s Trip Planner provides instant itineraries for trips on Metrorail, Metrobus, Fairfax Connector and other local bus and rail systems. Schedules provide door-to-door fares and travel times, complete with walking directions and transfers.
- Transit Service Nearby: Enter a street address, intersection, or landmark name to find bus and rail service within 1 mile of your location.
There are several forms of acceptable photo ID:
- Virginia driver’s license
- U.S. passport
- Military ID
- Federal, Virginia or local government-issued photo ID cards
- ID issued by a Virginia college or university
- Complete list from the Virginia Department of Elections
If you do not have a photo ID, you can get a free photo ID from the Office of Elections. Contact us as soon as possible at 703-222-0776, TTY 711, or email email@example.com
Do you know what’s on your ballot?
- Candidates for president and vice president from four political parties and one independent
- Member of House of Representatives for 8th, 10th and 11th Congressional Districts
- Two proposed state constitutional amendments
- Meals tax referendum
- Three bond referendums: transportation, parks and human services/community development
- And if you live in the Town of Herndon: Mayor and six Town Council members
- Traffic and parking around poll locations may be very busy especially during peak commuter hours in the morning and evening. If you have flexibility, you may want to consider voting after 10 a.m. and before 4 p.m.
- Many county properties such as community centers, library branches and park facilities are used as poll locations. Be aware that some regular programming may be cancelled and parking may be busy. You may want to check online or call ahead to your county destination. Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Election Day.
- If you have questions about voting, if possible, please call the Office of Elections before Election Day at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711). We expect our phone lines to be very busy that day!
It may take some time to get unofficial election results in Fairfax County after our polls close at 7 p.m. If voters are in line at 7 p.m., they will be able to vote, delaying the closing of the poll. We are also a very large jurisdiction with 243 precincts and with what looks like an historic number of absentee ballots to count that night. We will be working very hard to get you unofficial results as soon as possible:
- Fairfax County results
- Virginia results
- Election results map
- Follow @fairfaxvotes on Twitter for updates and information.
- Watch Fairfax County Government Channel 16
There is a lot more work to be done following the flurry of results on election night.
- Beginning Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., the Office of Elections will begin a canvass of the county’s election results. Election officers and observers from both political parties review and double check the results from every voting machine. This should last about two days.
- Also on Nov. 9, the Electoral Board will begin reviewing provisional ballots and deciding which ballots can be voted and included with the county’s results. Provisional ballots are provided to voters who do not have photo ID with them when they go to vote, or if there is some question about their voter registration status, among other reasons. The election officer will provide you with all the information you need if you receive a provisional ballot on Election Day. Voters have until Monday, Nov. 14 at noon to send a copy or present their photo ID to the Electoral Board. The Office of Elections staff thoroughly researches all voter registration issues for provisional ballots.
- Following the canvass and the decisions on provisional ballots, the Fairfax County Electoral Board will certify all election results that are within Fairfax County’s jurisdiction, including the meals tax and bond referendums. All other ballot results will be certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections in December. These then become Virginia’s official results of the 2016 election.
- Final step – the Electoral College is scheduled to convene on Dec. 19 to cast the official votes for president and vice president.