Early absentee voting

absentee-vote-fairfax-young-dems.pngIn Virginia, we don't have unconditional early voting. Instead, you have to justify why you need to vote ahead of time. While this may sound daunting, there are many accepted explanations for needing to vote absentee in person or by mail. As long as you registered by the deadline yesterday, you may be eligible to vote early absentee. You can download the application to receive a mail-in ballot here.

Dates to keep in mind 

  • Deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot: PASSED.
  • Deadline to vote absentee in person: November 1.
  • Deadline to return absentee ballot to registrar's office: November 4.

Eligibility requirements for absentee voting

Because of our pattern of life, many Fairfax area voters are probably eligible to vote absentee for one reason or another. When you vote absentee, you'll have to declare the reason for needing to do so. Below is a partial list provided by the State Board of Elections (if you are serving overseas, there are specific additional instructions found here):

  • Being a student or a spouse of a student attending a post secondary institution outside of Fairfax/Falls Church (example: you're registered in the City of Falls Church but attend George Washington University in DC)
    • Reason on form: 1A or 1B
  • Conducting business outside of Fairfax/Falls Church on November 4th (example: you're attending a conference in Richmond)
    • Reason on form: 1C
  • Personal travel outside Fairfax/Falls Church on November 4th
    • Reason on form: 1D
  • A commute and work day that takes up 11 or more hours during the time that polls are open, between 6 am and 7 pm on November 4th (example: you live in Herndon and work a 9 hour shift in Mount Vernon, with driving included, you'll be gone for 11 hours thanks to our traffic)
    • Reason on form: 1E
  • Being a first responder
    • Reason on form: 1F
  • Being the primary responsible person for the care of a disabled or ill family member or being disabled or ill yourself
    • Reason on form: 2A or 2B
  • A pregnancy
    • Reason on form: 2C
  • Being held in detention awaiting a criminal trial or after a misdemeanor conviction
    • Reason on form: 3A or 3B
  • Serving as an election officer or otherwise working in an official capacity with the city or county registrar
    • Reason on form: 4A
  • Having a religious obligation
    • Reason on form: 5A
  • Being an active duty member of the armed forces or the merchant marine or a spouse/dependent thereof
    • Reason on form: 6A or 6B
  • Temporarily living outside of the United States for employment or being a spouse/dependent thereof
    • Reason on form: 6C or 6D
  • Being an authorized candidate or party representative serving inside the polling place
    • Reason on form: 8A

Where can you vote in person?

FAIRFAX COUNTY:

Because Fairfax County is large, voting is taking place at the Government Center and in several satellite locations in the various magisterial districts.

At the Fairfax County Government Center:

  • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 8 am to 7 pm
  • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm

Satellite locations in Fairfax County:

  • Franconia Governmental Center (6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, 22310)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Dolley Madison Library (1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 22101)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • North County Human Services Building (1850 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston, 20190)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • West Springfield Governmental Center (6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield, 22152)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Mason Governmental Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center (2511 Parkers Ln., Alexandria 22306)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sully District Governmental Center (4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly 20151)
    • Monday through Friday until Oct 31st from 330 pm to 7 pm
    • Saturdays until Election Day from 9 am to 5 pm

CITY OF FAIRFAX:

All in-person absentee voting takes place at the registrar's office at 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax 22030

  • Monday through Friday until Oct 31 during normal business hours, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Two Saturdays before Election Day (Oct 25 and Nov 1) from 830 am to 5 pm

CITY OF FALLS CHURCH:

All in-person absentee voting takes place at the registrar's office at 300 Park Ave., Suite 101 East, Falls Church 22046

  • Monday through Friday until Oct 31 from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Two Saturdays before Election Day (Oct 25 and Nov 1) from 9 am to 5 pm

What do you need to vote?

This year, you must present a form of photo ID to vote in person.

Generally, any form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license, Virginia voter photo ID card, passport, etc) by the city/county, state or federal government.

A student ID with photo issued by a Virginia college or university.

An employee ID with photo

Get a full list here.