Super Tuesday is now weeks away — and absentee voting begins on Friday, Jan. 17, for the March 3 Democratic presidential primary election.
To absentee vote in person, visit the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Farifax.
Voting hours are:
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(This location will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday and Monday, Feb. 17, for Presidents’ Day.)
Currently, the Fairfax County Government Center is the only location for in-person absentee voting — but 12 additional locations will open starting Saturday, Feb. 22. The last day to absentee vote is Saturday, Feb. 29.
While only Democratic candidates will be the ballot, any registered voter can vote on March 3. Virginia holds open primaries, and voters don’t register by party.
The Republican Party chose to select delegates to their national convention at a state convention. Therefore, no Republican candidates will appear on the March 3 ballot.
In Virginia, political parties decide how they nominate their candidates, including using caucuses, mass meetings, primary elections and other methods.
Absentee Voting Requirements
For the March 3 primary, you must have a reason to absentee vote, and there are 20 valid reasons, including working and commuting for 11 or more hours on Election Day. Check the list provided by the Virginia Department of Elections to see if you are eligible.
Who Is on the Ballot?
Listed in the order they will appear as determined by a random drawing, there are currently 14 candidates on the ballot, although three have suspended or ended their campaigns:
- Cory Booker
- Julián Castro
- Bernie Sanders
- Elizabeth Warren
- Marianne Williamson
- Michael Bennet
- Joseph R. Biden
- Amy Klobuchar
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Deval Patrick
- Pete Buttigieg
- Andrew Yang
- Tom Steyer
- Michael R. Bloomberg
Check Your Registration Information
Voters should also confirm they are registered by checking on the Virginia Department of Elections website. To vote in the March 3 primary, the last day to register or update your information is Monday Feb 10.