The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. Polls open 6 am – 7 pm (you cannot be turned away if you are in line by 7 pm). Please be sure to confirm your correct polling place on your voter registration.
On the Ballot in Fairfax County: Candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and House of Delegates Primary in the 42nd and 67th Districts
General Election is Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and House of Delegates.
Message from the Chair
Many Virginia voters qualify to vote before Election Day (called in-person-absentee-voting). No need to apply in advance; just show up at your county’s Early Voting Locations (below), be ready to state the last four digits of your Social Security Number, and select the code for the reason that qualifies you to vote early. Below are the reasons with their codes which most voters use to qualify:
- Personal Business or Work on Election Day: On Election Day, you plan to be outside your county/city of residence for any period of time for work or business (Code 1C), or for any personal reason (Code 1D) such as an errand, appointment, meeting, date, class, lesson or vacation, etc. Even if you don’t leave your county/city of residence, but if your combined time working plus commuting between 6am and 7pm is at least 11 hours, then use can use Code 1E.
- College Student, Active Military or First Responder: You or your spouse attend a college or university outside your county/city of residence (Code 1A/1B), you are active duty military or merchant marine (Code 6A) or a spouse/dependent living with an active duty military or merchant marine person (Code 6B), or you are a First Responder (Code 1F)
- Disabled/ill, Caregiver or Pregnant: You are disabled or ill (Code 2A), the primary care-giver for a disabled or ill family member at home (Code 2B), or you are pregnant (Code 2C).
If you want to Vote Early in-Person, do NOT check the box for “apply for absentee voting” when you check your voter record online. (If you do check that box,then you are applying for an absentee ballot by mail.) If you prefer Absentee Voting by Mail, scroll down and click “Absentee Voting (by mail).
In-Person Absentee Voting Locations in Northern Virginia
Note: You must vote in the city or county in which you are registered
FAIRFAX COUNTY (click here for official website)
April 28-June 10 at Fairfax Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy, Rm 2/3 Fairfax 22035 (map)
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday June 3rd & June 10th 9:00am-5:00pm
June 10th ONLY: Fairfax County Satellite In-Person Absentee Voting Locations
- Franconia Govt Ctr – 6121 Franconia Rd (map)
- McLean Govt Ctr –1437 Balls Hill Rd, Community Rm (map)
- North County Govt Ctr – 1801 Cameron Glen Dr (map)
- West Springfield Govt Ctr – 6140 Rolling Rd (map)
- Mason Govt Ctr – 6507 Columbia Pike (map)
- Mount Vernon Govt Ctr – 2511 Parkers Ln (map)
- Sully District Govt Ctr – 4900 Stonecroft Blvd (map)
- Providence Community Ctr – 3001 Vaden Dr. (map) Metro accessible
- Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy (map)
Jurisdictions outside of Fairfax County:
CITY OF FAIRFAX (click here)
Sisson House (adjacent to City Hall), 10455 Armstrong St
- April 28, – June 9, 2017; Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., excluding holidays
- Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Last day to absentee vote in person
CITY OF ALEXANDRIA (click here)
* Office of Voter Registration, 132 N Royal St Suite 100
Regular hours for in-person absentee voting are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The office will be open for extended hours on the following days:
- Wednesday, May 31 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, June 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
- Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
- Tuesday, June 6 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m
- Saturday, June 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
ARLINGTON COUNTY (click here for official website)
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320
Mon-Fri, April 28-June 9, 8am-5pm
(Closed May 29)
Sat June 10, 8:30am-5pm
LOUDOUN COUNTY (click here)
* Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Dr, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg
Saturday June 10th 8:30-5pm
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY (click here)
* Main Office, 9250 Lee Ave, Ste 1, Manassas
* DMV, 2731 Caton Hill Rd, Woodbridge
April 28-June 10 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 8:30am – 12:00pm
Saturday June 3 and June 10, 8:30am – 5:00pm
CITY OF FALLS CHURCH (click here)
City Hall, 300 Park Ave Ste 101
Saturday June 10th, 8am-5pm
STAFFORD COUNTY (click here)
Admin Ctr, 1300 Courthouse Rd
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (click here)
Registrar’s Office, 9106A Courthouse Rd
Saturday June 10th 8:30am-4:30pm
FAUQUIER COUNTY (click here)
Office of the General Registrar, 32 Waterloo St, Ste 207, Warrenton
(online applications are automatically received by the Office of Elections)
College students have a choice about where, when, and how they vote in Virginia elections. The decision usually hinges on which college or university will be attended, and how far away from “home” the student will be.
“Where is my ‘residence’ ”?
For voting purposes, the residence of college students is a personal choice. The guidelines state that a college student resides for voting purposes where they consider to be living for an indefinite period of time. And the college student can change this intention whenever they want.
This choice of residence in Virginia has no bearing on taxes, tuition, scholarship, or driver’s license. It is a personal choice. But a college student can have only one address for voting purposes for a given election.
Register to Vote or Update Your Voter Registration Online” to change the address of your residence for voting purposes.
Here are some common options for establishing a residence for voting purposes:
- On-campus residents can choose the campus address as their voting residence. Sometimes this is the mailing address, not the dorm address. (See details below for GMU, JMU, VTech).
- Off-campus residents can choose where they live off campus as their voting address.
- Any student can choose their “home” address as their voting residence even if they are temporarily living at or close to their college.
Some considerations to help you choose.
- Election Day is on a Tuesday, when students are busy with school. How might you vote most conveniently without it getting in the way of your schoolwork?
- Consider the distance and transportation to the polling location.
- On campus polling locations are within walking distance.
- Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is often done over the Fall Break, or whenever students return “home” before Election Day.
- Consider who and what will be on your ballot. In 2017, statewide positions will be on all ballots in Virginia: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general. But the candidate for your Member of the Virginia House of Delegates depends on which district your voting address is in.A critical decision for college students: determine where your vote will do the most good, and vote there. (Keep in mind that political races are often won or lost by just a few votes. Mark Herring, our Attorney General, won by just 165 votes out of the 2.2 million votes cast.)
Voting ON CAMPUS
George Mason University, James Madison University, and Virginia Tech all have polling stations right on campus. Students can vote on campus if they live and register (or update their registration) using their campus address. The correct campus address is generally the mailing address of the student, not their dorm. Check with those who are registering students on your campus for further details.
Voting on campus is an easy option, as you can vote any time Election Day and vote with friends. Be sure you live on campus and register with appropriate campus address.
Voting EARLY (also known as “in-person absentee” voting)
Vote early if you qualify, and avoid long lines, vote when it is convenient (like on a Saturday or evening), and vote when it will not interrupt your classes. Election Day is always on a Tuesday when you probably have classes, so voting can be difficult to fit into your schedule.
TIP #1 Students can qualify for early voting with Code 1A if they attend school outside their city/county or residence. So these students register with their home address and vote early using reason 1A/Spouse 1B. There are other reasons that qualify students to vote early. See the listing of 19 qualifying reasons on the EARLY VOTING page on this website.
TIP #2 Just show up at your early voting location to vote early so that voting will not interfere with your class work. Fall Break is a convenient time. Your early voting location is probably different from your designated location for voting on Election Day. See EARLY VOTING page on this website for locations and times.
TIP #3 Bring your Virginia College Student Photo ID or your Virginia driver’s license with you. No other papers are necessary other than your photo ID.
TIP #4 Pick up a sample ballot when you vote.
TIP #5 Vote with other members of your family so everyone might benefit from early voting.
Go to the Early Voting page on this website for further information.
Voting ABSENTEE BY-MAIL
- If you will not be returning “home” before Election Day, apply for a mail-in ballot with the Absentee Voting Application. A paper application is available at government offices or libraries. As soon as you know your mailing address at your college, send in your application. Or download an application from this website on the absentee by mail voting page.
- IMPORTANT: If this will be the first time you are voting in Virginia, enclose a copy of your photo ID (Virginia college photo ID, Virginia driver’s license are simple choices) with your completed ballot). Put it outside of the “B” Ballot envelope, but inside the outer envelope.
- For more information on Absentee by Mail Voting page on this website.
Congratulations. Following these guidelines you will have successfully voted in the upcoming election.
Whether you are elderly, disabled, or need any help at all the polls, there are voting options which might suit your needs. “We want every citizen to vote.”
- If you require assistance when voting, Reason Code 2A (your disability or illness) is often used to qualify you for early voting. There are various other reasons that qualify you for early voting too. (click here)
- Vote with a companion of your choice: Anyone–a child, non-citizen, relative, or friend–can help you. The only exceptions: your employer or union official.
- Ask for help from poll-workers and Election Officers with how to use the voting machines or to answer other questions you might have.
- Polling locations in Virginia are compliant with ADA requirements. The Americans Disability Act requires that voting be made accessible to those who might have difficulty navigating the terrain or of being able to cast their ballot. (If you find the polling station to be inaccessible in any way, please report this problem to the Election Officer.)
- Privacy is a priority: Every voting facility has an accessible voting booth and machine to help ensure that the voter with any disability can cast a vote with privacy and independence.
Early Voting In-Person might be easier for you. You can pick a time and day which is convenient, parking spaces will be plentiful, and lines will be shorter. (For more information, go to our “Early Voting” section on the VOTING page.)
Curbside Voting–either during early voting times or on Election Day — allows a driver or passenger to vote without leaving the vehicle. Curbside voting is available for those with disabilities or those over the age of 65. Simply park is the space reserved and marked for this purpose. An Election Officer or poll worker inside the polling station can be accessed with the cell phone number written on the curbside voting sign. Or a friend or companion can leave the vehicle and ask that assistance be provided.
TIP: Take a cell phone with you so that you can call for assistance.
TIP: Bring a friend or relative to help you.
TIP: Request a sample ballot and any other literature you would like to see before voting.
Absentee Voting BY-MAIL—Voters can also vote by mail. To read more about this, scroll up to our “Absentee Voting by Mail” section on this page.
Vote with a companion who might offer you language assistance.
Fairfax County is currently the only locality in Virginia which is required by federal law to provide Spanish language services at certain voting precincts depending on the percentage of Latino residences in that precinct. But voters can bring in their own language-assistance helper if desired.
TIP: Call the Fairfax Office of Elections to learn whether your precinct will have language assistance before going to the polls, so you might prepare to have your own language assistant. Call 703.222.1776
All Virginia voters are required to show a photo ID. Acceptable photo IDs include any one of the following:
- Valid* Virginia Driver’s License or DMV Identification Card
- Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
- Valid United States Passport
- Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
- Valid Virginia high school, college or university student photo identification card
- 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
- or a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office
*Valid IDs must not be expired for more than 12 months at the time of use.
If you don’t have any of the above ID’s a FREE photo ID for the purpose of voting are available at: 1) the Fairfax County Office of Elections (12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035) during normal office hours, M-F 8 am – 4:30 pm, 2) as well as the satellite early voting locations. The process is very easy, you just affirm your identify, and that you have no other photo ID – that’s it!
If you are not able to get a valid ID or if you forget to bring your ID to the polls GO VOTE, and we can help you get an ID by the deadline of Friday after Election Day so that your provisional ballot counts.
You may register to vote year-round except during the 21 days prior to a General or Primary election, 6 days prior to a Special election, or 6 days prior to a Special election called by the Governor (Code of Virginia 24.2-416).
- Verify that you are registered to vote, click here.
- Paper voter registration application, download
- Formulario en Español (Spanish voter registration application)
- Register to vote online
Office of Elections In Person Registration, or Mail Application To
- M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the:
- Fairfax County Office of Elections, Suite 323
Fairfax County Governmental Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
- Fairfax County Office of Elections, Suite 323
FIRST TIME VOTERS who have mailed in their registration must vote in person (early or on Election Day), or submit a copy of their valid photo ID with their mail-in absentee ballot application per Virginia law.
In 2016, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order restoring voting rights to all Virginians who had felony convictions and who had completed their sentences and supervised probation or parole. The Supreme Court of Virginia overturned this, but Governor McAuliffe is signing individual orders for each ex-offender.
Governor McAuliffe has restored the rights of the 13,000 voters whose rights were overturned by the State Supreme Court. Following that, he is signing the individual orders for the rest of the 206,000 ex-offenders.
If you’d like your restoration of rights to be expedited, click here to fill out the request form.
Click here to read the Restoration of Rights Policy (August 22nd, 2016)
We can help you with getting the right information to ensure that your rights are restored.
ELECTION YEAR GUIDELINES
- Virginia has a General Election every year on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November
- Federal offices are elected in even-numbered years
- State and Local offices are elected in odd-numbered years
- If primaries are called by the political parties, they are held on the second Tuesday in June
History: Why it is the day it is.
Election Day (the day that United States citizens cast their ballot to elect government officials) is the Tuesday on or after November 2nd.
- November was selected because the harvest work was done.
- Tuesday was selected because many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want it to be on a Monday.
- Election Day was not to fall on November 1st because it is All Saints Day.
- Election Day was not to fall on the first of the month because many shop keepers did their books for the preceding month on the first.
Lyndon Johnson called the right to vote, “the most powerful tool ever devised by man to break down the walls of injustice.” Voting is your fundamental right as an American, and the most basic means by which you have a voice in how your government works. Voting determines who will represent you, your family, and your neighbors in your community, your state, and your country. We need your help to get everyone registered to vote and to make sure every vote is counted in Fairfax County.
- Fairfax County Office of Elections
- The Electoral Board and The General Registrar
Fairfax County Governmental Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035
open for business weekdays, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Electoral Board, 703.324.4735, FAX: 703.324.4706
General Registrar, 703.222.0776, FAX: 703.324.22057
- The Electoral Board and The General Registrar
- Virginia State Board of Elections
- Suite 101, 200 North 9th Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3485
804.864.8901 Toll Free: 800.552.9745 FAX: 804.371.0194
- Suite 101, 200 North 9th Street
Political signs must comply with local ordinance, Chapter 9.5 of Title 24.2, Code of Virginia, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regulations. No sign shall be erected earlier than 75 days prior to nomination, election or referendum, AND all signs shall be removed within fifteen days after the announced results of the nomination, election or referendum.