VOTE

Voter Information for Fairfax County

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Absentee Voting

Upcoming General Election: November 4, 2014: U.S. House & U.S. Senate

Sample Ballots
8th Congressional District
10th Congressional District
11th Congressional District

NEW VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS: SCROLL DOWN FOR INFORMATION

VOTE EARLY!

Click here for a flyer about Early Voting

Northern Virginia Voter Guide – click here

In-Person Absentee Voting will be available starting September 19th.


VOTING AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER
Mon-Fri 8AM-7PM
Saturdays Oct. 25th & Nov. 1st from 9am-5pm

Location: 12000 Government Center Pkwy.
Conference Rooms 2/3
Fairfax, VA 22035 (map)

SATELLITE LOCATION VOTING:
Mon-Fri 3:30-7pm
Saturdays
Oct. 25th & Nov. 1st from 9am-5pm

Satellite Locations:
Lee District Governmental Center: 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria (map)
Dolley Madison Library: 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean (map)
North County Human Services Building:  1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Reston (map)
West Springfield Governmental Center:  6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield (map)
Mason Governmental Center:  6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale (map)
Mount Vernon Governmental Center:  2511 Parkers Ln. Alexandria (map)
Sully Governmental Center:  4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly (map)

REASONS TO VOTE EARLY:voting machine
Don’t wait until November 4th!  Many Fairfax voters qualify for in-person absentee voting.  Below are a few reasons to vote absentee in-person.  When you get to the voting location, fill in the Reason Code that applies to you on the application.

  •  Will you be outside of Fairfax (such as  Arlington or DC) for any period of time for work or business reasons on Nov. 4? Use Code 1C
  • Will you be outside Fairfax for any period of time for any personal reason on Nov. 4? Use Code 1D
  • Will you be working and commuting for 11 hours or more between 6am and 7pm on Nov. 4 (even if you never leave Fairfax County)? Use Code 1E
  • Are you or your spouse going to school or college outside of Fairfax? Use Code 1A or1B
  • Do you have a disability, illness, or pregnancy or are you taking care of a disabled or ill family member at home? Use Code 2A, 2B, or 2C
  • Are you a first responder? Use Code 1F
  • Will you or your spouse be on active military duty on Nov. 4? Use Code 6A or Code 6B
  • Will you be temporarily residing outside of the US on Nov. 4? Use Code 6C or 6D

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

Election Day November 4th: 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.

NEW VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

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.


 


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

VOTER REGISTRATION

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.


MORE INFORMATION

  • 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
      http://www.FairfaxCounty.gov/eb
  • 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
      http://www.SBE.Virginia.gov

POLITICAL SIGNS

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.