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Voting Information

Eligibility, Registration, Absentee Ballots, ID Requirements, Polling Places and more

Do you have questions about voting?

The Department of Elections has extended their customer service hours and is available to answer your voter related questions from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please call at 800-552-9745 and select Option 1.

Am I Eligible to Vote?

You are eligible to register to vote in Virginia if you are:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years of age by the next general election
  • A resident of Virginia

Registering to Vote?

Click here to register to vote online You must re-register if you have moved or changed your name.

Register, then Vote!

You can register in person, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 8:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m. at the

Fairfax County Office of Elections
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-0081
703-222-0776 phone
703-324-4700 for 24-hour recorded information

To register by mail, pick up a Virginia Voter Registration Application at the following sites:

Public libraries
Department of Motor Vehicles offices
Military recruitment offices
Public assistance agency offices
District Governmental Centers
Board of Supervisors Offices
Citizen Information Desk in the County Government Center lobby
Judicial Center information desk

You may also check or update your Virginia Voter Registration Application here

Mail the application to:

Fairfax County Office of Elections
P.O. Box 10161
Fairfax, VA 22038-8061

City of Fairfax residents may register at the General Registrar's Office or mail their application to:

General Registrar
Sisson House
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703.385.7890
Fax: 703.591.8364
For hours and further information, look at the City of Fairfax General Registrar Website.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

You may register to vote year-round except during the 22 days prior to a General or Primary election, 13 days prior to a Special election, or 7 days prior to a Special election called by the Governor.

PLEASE NOTE: First-time voters in Virginia who register by mail must vote in person (either on election day or absentee in person) unless they are:

Students
Overseas Citizens
Citizens with a disability or illness
Active duty members of the military or their dependents

What information do I need to fill out the voter registration form?

Your social security number, date of birth, full legal name, address (unless homeless) and the address at which you were previously registered to vote.
Yes or No questions on the voter registration application include: (1) Are you a citizen of the United States? (2) Will you be 18 on or before the next General Election (3) Have you ever been convicted of a felony? (4) Have you ever been judged mentally incapacitated?

Do I have to state my political party preference?

No, Virginia does not register voters by political party.

How Can I Find Out If I Am Already Registered to Vote?

Confirmation of your registration other information such as your district, polling place and ballot can be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Look for your new voter registration card in the mail.

You should receive a voter registration card from the Virginia Department of Elections prior to the election. The card will indicate which district you are now registered in, the name of your precinct and your polling place. Be sure to check that your name and address listed on the card are correct. If you have not received a card, call the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 BEFORE MID-OCTOBER WHEN VOTER REGISTRATION CLOSES if you plan to vote in the November election.

If I am not registered, when is the last day I can register? Generally, you must be registered twenty-two days before the election in which you plan to vote.

The VA Dept. of Elections' Citizen Portal

Use this site to view your voter record, apply to vote absentee, view your upcoming election ballot information, find your polling location and more.

Virginia Department of Elections' Citizen Portal

Do I Have to Register Again if I Move or Change My Name?

Yes. To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local voter registration office of any change in your name or address. This must be done before the registration books close for the next election. For more about changing your address, name, or other information, click here.

You can also submit your notice of change of name or address either by mail to the

Fairfax County Office of Elections
P.O. Box 10161
Fairfax, VA, 22038-8061
or by fax to 703-324-2205, or you can scan your notice of change and email it to voting@fairfaxcounty.gov In either case, the notice must include your signature to be valid. Notice cannot be made by telephone. After your change is processed, you will be mailed a new Voter Information Card. If a new card does not arrive within a few weeks, please call the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 to confirm that your notice was received.

City of Fairfax residents should notify

General Registrar
Sisson House
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-385-7890
Fax: 703-591-8364

LWVFA Voter Information Card Handout

Can I Vote Absentee?

Click here to view an informative video on absentee voting prepared by Fairfax County.

You may vote absentee, either by mail or in person, if you are unable to go to the polls on Election Day because you ...

are a student or the spouse of a student attending a school outside Fairfax County
will be away from Fairfax County on business
will be working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
will be away from Fairfax County on personal business or vacation
are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability (see below for physical disability or illness)
are pregnant
are the primary caretaker of a confined family member
have a religious obligation
are confined awaiting trial
are confined having been convicted of a misdemeanor
are an election official
are on active duty in the military outside Fairfax County
are the spouse or dependent residing with a member of the military outside Fairfax County
are an overseas citizen* whose most recent United States residence was in Fairfax County
are a designated representative of a candidate or a party inside the polls
have moved out of state 30 days or less prior to election day and are unable to register in your new state (ballot for President/Vice President only)

NOTE: You must complete a separate absentee ballot application for each election in which you intend to vote absentee.

Absentee Voting in Person Fairfax County registered voters may always vote absentee in-person beginning 45 days prior to every election at

Office of Elections
Fairfax County Governmental Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035
Satellite voting locations are available for in-person absentee voting on a limited schedule only prior to the November General Elections. See Fairfax County Office of Elections Absentee Voting for more information on locations, dates and times.

Absentee Voting by Mail

You must complete an Absentee Ballot Application. Allow enough time for your application to be processed and your ballot to be mailed to you. The deadline for applying to vote absentee by mail is 5:00pm the Tuesday before the election.

Absentee ballot applications are available at county government centers and libraries. Or you may download an Absentee Ballot Application.

You can mail the application to:

Office of Elections
12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035
or fax it to the Office of Elections at (703) 324-3725 or email it to absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov.

City of Fairfax residents vote absentee at the General Registrar's Office or mail their application to:

General Registrar
Sisson House
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703.385.7890
Fax: 703.591.8364
For hours and further information, look at the City of Fairfax General Registrar Website.

The Electoral Board begins mailing ballots 45 days before each general election. Ballots are mailed the next business day after the absentee ballot applications are received. All ballots must be received by the Office of Elections by 7:00pm on election day.

Active-duty Military and Overseas Citizens

If you are:

a member of the military on active duty, or an eligible spouse or dependent
a U.S. citizen temporarily residing outside the U.S.
a U.S. citizen overseas by virtue of employment or accompanying spouse or dependents
other U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

You may be eligible to receive an absentee ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). For specific information, including the on-line version of the FPCA, see the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. Or, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

Voting in Fairfax County

Polling Place Information

Virginia polls are open from 6:00am to 7:00pm. If you are in line at 7:00pm you will be allowed to vote.

Where do I vote?

ID Required to Vote

Important Notice: New Voter ID Requirements

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of valid photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without valid photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality's electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.

Please Note: Valid means the document is genuine, bears the photograph of the voter, and is not expired for more than 12 months

Acceptable forms of identification include the following:

  • valid Virginia driver's license;

  • valid United States passport;

  • any other photo identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States;

  • valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

  • any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business

  • Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar's office

    Click here for further information on ID Requirements from the Virginia Department of Elections

  • Election Protection Hotline

    LWV is part of a coalition that sponsors the Election Protection Hotline, which answers questions or concerns about registration or voting. Hotline volunteers answer and respond to a range of questions--from how and where to register, to where a polling location is, to clarifying voter ID requirements and obtaining an ID, to difficulties or electioneering at the polls. More information in the link below:

    Voting - Election Protection Hotline Flyer

    Election Office Websites

    Election Offices in Northern Virginia

    Alexandria City General Registrar
    132 North Royal Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3283
    phone 703-838-4050

    Arlington County General Registrar
    2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320
    Arlington,Virginia 22201-5400
    phone 703-228-3456

    Fairfax County General Registrar
    12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
    Fairfax, Virginia 22035-0081
    phone 703-222-0776
    recorded message: 703-324-4700
    fax: 703-324-2205
    e-mail: voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

    Fairfax City General Registrar
    Sisson House
    10455 Armstrong Street
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030-3640
    phone 703-385-7890
    email: GeneralRegistrar@fairfaxva.gov

    Falls Church City General Registrar
    300 Park Avenue, Room 101E
    Falls Church, Virginia 22046-3332
    phone 703-248-5085

    Loudoun County General Registrar
    750 Miller Drive, SE, Ste C
    Leesburg,Virginia 20175-8916
    phone 703-777-0380

    Prince William County General Registrar
    9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
    Manassas, Virginia 20110-5554
    phone 703-792-6470

    Virginia Department of Elections
    Washington Building
    1100 Bank Street, First Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219
    Phone (804) 864-8901
    Toll Free (800) 552-9745
    Fax (804) 371-0194
    Email: info@elections.virginia.gov

    How do I become an Election Officer in Fairfax County?

    Fairfax County Office of Election is seeking League members to serve as Election Officers a few days a year, including the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

    Election Officers are needed at each of the 240 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist the voters.

    In order to be an Election Officer, you must:

    • Be fluent in English
    • Be a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Be able to fulfill the Federal I-9 employment eligibility requirements
    • Attend a 3-hour training class
    • Arrive at the polling place at 5:00 am and remain until all work has been completed after the polls close at 7pm
    • Have basic computer skills

    The Election Officer's main priority is to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election process. A typical Election Day consists of:

    • arriving one hour before polls open to set up voting equipment

    • hanging up pertinent signage

    • preparing the polling room for voting

    • processing voters throughout the day

    • assisting with operating voting equipment

    • securing voting equipment and closing down the polling place at the end of the day.

    Election Officers are offered a stipend of $175 for serving a full day. We especially encourage bilingual citizens to serve as we need language assistance in many precincts. Residency in Fairfax County is not required. It is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the election process or public service, and we need civic-minded individuals to help make Election Day a success!

    To apply, call the Fairfax County Office of Elections at (703) 324-4735. You can also email elect@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.