Presidential Primary Election is March 1; Voting Begins Jan. 15

Absentee voting sign outside the Government Center

Virginia is an important swing state in the 2016 presidential election, and we live in the largest jurisdiction in the state with 700,000 registered voters – so yes, your vote matters. The election kicks off here on Friday, Jan. 15, when absentee voting begins for the March 1 presidential primaries.

There are three things you can do now to make sure you are ready to vote:

#1 Check and Update Your Voter Registration

When was the last time you checked your voter registration status? Have you moved or married and changed your name? Check now to ensure you are able to vote in the 2016 elections. The deadline to update your voter registration or to register to vote for the March 1 primary is Monday, Feb. 8.

Check Your Voter Registration


Important Note: We do not register to vote by party in Virginia. On Feb. 4, 2016, the State Board of Elections approved the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to rescind use of a statement of affiliation to vote in the Republican Party Primary. Voters who request a Republican ballot for the March 1 Primary will not be asked to sign a statement of affiliation. More information will be found at


#2 Are You Eligible to Absentee Vote?

Absentee voting begins Jan. 15, but you can apply now to receive a mail-in ballot. Your absentee ballot is counted after polls close on March 1 and included in the results.

The state permits nearly 20 valid reasons why you may be eligible to absentee vote; look over this list and see if you qualify:

Reasons You Can Absentee Vote
Apply to Absentee Vote


#3 Keep in Touch With Official Election News and Updates

For the next several months we will be bombarded with lots of information on the election and the voting process – some of it correct and some of it rumors or misinformation. There are several ways for you to be an informed Fairfax County voter and get news and updates from the Office of Elections:

We Need Election Officers

If you are interested in actively participating (in a non-partisan way) in what looks to be an historic and exciting election year, please consider becoming a poll worker (we call them election officers). We need thousands of poll workers to work in our 242 voting precincts – support our democracy, meet new people and get paid, too!

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