Ready to Vote? Five Things You Need to Know

Photo of mother and kids voting at Mason Governmental Center.

Are you ready to vote on Nov. 6?

We have more than 700,000 active registered voters in our county and we can’t wait to see you on Election Day 2018!  We are expecting a large turnout and want to ensure that you get in and out of your poll location as quickly and easily as possible. Here are five things you need to know before you head out the door on Election Day!

But first – a message from a first-time poll worker – get out and vote!

1. Know What’s on Your Ballot

Take a few minutes before heading out to vote to review your sample ballot. Being familiar with your ballot choices will help you get out of your poll faster! Voting information and ballots are also available in four languages – English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.

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.

Read Your Sample Ballot

 

2. Know Your Poll Location

There are 243 poll locations in the county and there have been some changes since last November’s election. Take a few minutes to double check your poll location.

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.

Find Your Poll Location

 

3. Bring Your Photo ID 

There are several forms of acceptable photo ID:

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 voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

4. Plan Ahead 

Traffic and parking around poll locations on Nov. 6 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!

Absentee Voting
If you will be out of town on Nov. 6, have a long commute, are disabled or pregnant, you may consider absentee voting. There are 20 reasons for absentee voting in Virginia and you can vote absentee in person or by mail. The last day to absentee vote in person is Saturday, Nov. 3.

If you applied for a mail-in ballot, make sure you allow ample time for your ballot to arrive at the Office of Elections before Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. It won’t be counted if it arrives after the deadline.

Get Info on Absentee Voting

 

We welcomed our first absentee in-person voters on Sept. 21. The last day to absentee vote in person is Saturday, Nov. 3.

We welcomed our first absentee in-person voters on Sept. 21. The last day to absentee vote in person is Saturday, Nov. 3.

 

5. Follow Election Results 

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 a large number of absentee ballots to count that night. We will be working very hard to get you unofficial results as soon as possible:

Pre-election processing of mailed-in absentee ballots in full swing at the Government Center, to reduce the number for Election Day so we can finish by close of polls.

Pre-election processing of mailed-in absentee ballots in full swing at the Government Center.  This enables us to get you the election results as quickly as possible on election night!

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