Your Nov. 7 Election Day Voting Guide

Photo of voting privacy booths at a poll location.

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:

√ Know What’s On Your Ballot
Sample ballots are being mailed to registered voters in October.

Sample ballots were mailed to registered voters in October.

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:

Find Your Sample Ballot


√ 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


√ 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


√ Plan Ahead 

Absentee Voting
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!


√ 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:


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