Are you ready to vote on Nov. 7?
Virginia is one of only two states in the country with statewide elections this November and we want to make sure our voters in Fairfax County are ready when you head to the polls.
We’ve created this guide to help you prepare:
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 now available in additional languages – Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.
Your ballot will include choices for:
- Lieutenant Governor
- Attorney General
- Member, House of Delegates
- Public School Bonds Referendum
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about voting on Nov. 7? Don’t wait until Election Day! Call our office at 703-222-0776 or email email@example.com
— Fairfax County Votes (@fairfaxvotes) October 26, 2017
If you will be out of town on Nov. 7, 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.
If you applied for a mail-in ballot, you can track your ballot. Make sure you allow ample time for your ballot to arrive at the Office of Elections before Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. It won’t be counted if it arrives after the deadline.
On Election Day
Traffic and parking around poll locations on Nov. 7 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 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:
- Fairfax County results
- Virginia results
- Election results map (not available until election night)
- Follow @fairfaxvotes on Twitter for updates and information.
- Watch Fairfax County Government Channel 16