Voter Information for Fairfax County

General Election is November 3rd, 2015.  Click the buttons below or scroll down for more information.

Voting is our most sacred democratic responsibility as American citizens because voting is the very foundation of our democracy. Voting is also a precious right, for which African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women and others struggled for decades to win. As an Asian American, I know how very precious our right to vote is. Our vote is our voice, but it is only heard when we exercise our right to vote.

It only takes a few minutes at to register to vote, verify your voter registration, update your address or name, find your polling place or view your ballot for the upcoming election. If it’s not convenient for you to vote on Election Day, you may qualify to vote early, in-person or by an absentee ballot. Click on the various topics below to learn more. We want every citizen to vote, to assure our Democracy works for all of us.

– Sue Langley, Chair, Fairfax Country Democratic Committee

Absentee VotingPolling Location

Click here for Virginia Voter Registration Form
Formulario en Español ~ Spanish Voter Registration Application


General Election: November 3rd, 2015
Offices on the ballot in Fairfax County: State Senate, House of Delegates, Board of Supervisors, School Board, Clerk of Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Soil & Water Conservation Board Members
Click here for a list of Democratic candidates


voting machineMore information can be found on the Fairfax County Office of Elections website

Election Day November 3rd: Polls open 6am-7pm

As long as you show up at the polls ON TIME (by 7pm), you cannot be turned away without voting on a machine or by casting a provisional ballot. Please be sure you are at your correct precinct polling location.


Effective July 1, 2014, 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 college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • 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 forget to bring ID to the polls, you can vote a provisional ballot, but that ballot will not be counted unless you provide the Electoral Board a copy of your valid ID by no later than noon on the Friday after the election.

State Board of Elections For more information, you may call the office of Voter Registration at 703.324.4735.



  • 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


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).

Persons 18 years old or older on the general election date (born on or before November 5, 1995) may register and vote in both the primary and general elections.

Voter Registration

In Person Registration

  • 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
      703.222.0776 phone

By Mail Registration

  • Pick up a Virginia Voter Registration Application at the following sites:
    • FCDC Headquarters
    • 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
  • Mail the application to:
    • Fairfax County Office of Elections, Suite 323
      Fairfax County Governmental Center
      12000 Government Center Parkway
      Fairfax, VA 22035

PLEASE NOTE: Virginia law requires that those who register by mail, rather than in person, must vote in person the first time they vote OR submit a copy of your ID with the mail-in Absentee Ballot Application.

Election Day
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
  • 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


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.