Three Ways to Vote in the 2020 Presidential Election

Voters voting at polling place.

There are three ways you can vote in the general election on Nov. 3. Early voting begins on Friday, Sept. 18.

1. Absentee Vote by Mail
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Due to a new state law, you can absentee vote without needing a reason or excuse — but you still have to apply to absentee vote by mail.

If you plan to vote by mail, you should apply now due to the anticipated large number of applications. Fairfax County election officials strongly recommend you apply well before the Friday, Oct. 23 deadline since mail delivery could be slower, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The fastest and most secure way to apply is online on the Virginia Department of Elections website. You’ll also be able to track the status of your application, as well as when your ballot is mailed to you. Your Virginia driver’s license number is needed to apply online, along with the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Voters should be aware that they won’t begin to receive their ballots until after Friday, Sept. 18.

2. Vote Early

Early voting begins on Friday, Sept. 18, and any registered voter may cast their ballot in person.

Early voting will be available at the Fairfax County Government Center in Conference Rooms 2/3 starting on Sept 18, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be offered beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Fairfax County Government Center.

An additional 14 early voting locations will open on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Currently, the voting hours at these locations will be from 1 to 7 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The last day to vote early is Saturday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m.

3. Vote on Election Day

Every polling place in Fairfax County will be open as usual on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You should double check your polling place online on the state’s website.

Polling place being disinfected.
Drop-Off Boxes

It is likely that a new state law will allow the use of ballot drop-off boxes for the first time in the Nov. 3 election. Assuming the law’s passage, the state must then adopt regulations on their use, which could take up to 30 days.

However, Fairfax County is making plans to offer drop-off boxes, and voters will be provided with more information once the state’s regulations are promulgated. In the meantime, voters can bring their cast absentee ballots to the Fairfax County Office of Elections if they choose not to mail them back.

More Information

For questions or more information about voting and deadlines, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711.


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