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Absentee Voting


In Virginia, registered voters who meet one of 19 eligibility criteria may vote by absentee ballot, in person or by mail.

You may be eligible if:

  • you will be working or commuting for 11 hours or more between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Election Day;
  • you will be away from Fairfax County/City on business, personal business, or vacation;
  • you are a student or the spouse of a student attending a school outside Fairfax County/City;
  • you are on active duty in the military or the spouse or dependent residing with a member of the military who will be absent from Fairfax County/City on Election Day;
  • you are unable to go to the polls due to illness or disability, are pregnant, or are the primary caretaker of a confined family member;
  • you are an election official; or
  • you meet other criteria listed at the Virginia ELECT website.


Absentee Voting in Person is held at the following locations during elections. The locations are generally as follows for Fairfax City and Fairfax County:

FAIRFAX CITY: 10455 Armstrong St, Fairfax 22030

FAIRFAX COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax 22035, Conf Rm 2/3


  • Franconia Gov't Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria
  • Mason Gov't Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • McLean Gov't Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean
  • Mount Vernon Gov't Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
  • North County Gov't Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston
  • Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax
  • Sully District Gov't Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly
  • West Springfield Gov't Center, 6140 Rolling Rd, Springfield Sat's only:
  • Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton


Applications for mailed absentee ballots may be obtained from your office of elections, governmental centers and libraries, or may be downloaded from the ELECT citizen portal. Absentee ballot applications may also be requested online at the ELECT citizen portal. (Election officials highly recommend submitting applications and voted ballots well prior to the deadline due to timeliness issues with USPS mail delivery.)

All mailed absentee ballots must be received by the Office of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.



Virginia law now requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification at the polls, whether they vote at the polls on Election Day or vote absentee in-person.

Acceptable IDs include

  • valid Virginia driver's license or ID card,
  • US passport,
  • valid government issued ID card with you photo
  • valid employer-issued ID card with your photo.

See a full list, including valid student IDs.

If bearing a date, the ID may not be expired for more than 12 months.

Persons registered to vote in Virginia who lack an acceptable ID may obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID by going to their office of elections during working hours or, in Fairfax County, to one of the satellite absentee voting locations during scheduled voting hours.

Voters arriving at the polls on Election Day without a photo ID can cast a provisional ballot, and then get a temporary photo ID at their office of elections or take, mail, e-mail or fax a copy of an acceptable photo ID by noon Monday, November 14, to have their ballots counted.

For more information on voting in Fairfax County, visit or call 703-222-0776.

For Fairfax City, visit"<+> or call 703-385-7890