The Democratic Primary is 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 record.
On the Ballot in Fairfax County: Candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and depending on your District, there might be a House of Delegates Primary.
General Election 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) 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)
Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Rm 2/3 Fairfax 22035 (map);
2017 Absentee Voting dates to be announced: check the FairfaxCounty Elections website for updates
OR any of these 8 Fairfax County Satellite In-Person Absentee Voting Locations
2017 Absentee Voting dates to be announced: check the FairfaxCounty Elections website for updates
- 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)
- NEW Providence Community Ctr – 3001 Vaden Dr. (map) Metro accessible
- NEW Saturday-Only location (Closed weekdays) – Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy (map)
CITY OF FAIRFAX (www.fairfaxva.gov)
Sisson House (adjacent to City Hall), 10455 Armstrong St
CITY OF ALEXANDRIA (www.alexandriava.gov/elections)
* Govt Center, 132 N Royal St
* Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St; Oct 27 through Nov 5, (Exact times will be posted on website)
ARLINGTON COUNTY (click here for official website)
LOUDOUN COUNTY (www.loudoun.gov, Click on, “How do I: Register to Vote”)
* Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Dr, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg
* Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl, Sterling or Dulles South Multipurpose Center, 24950 Riding Center Dr, South Riding
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY (www.pwcgov.org) (Subject to change.)
* Main Office, 9250 Lee Ave, Ste 1, Manassas
* DMV, 2731 Caton Hill Rd, Woodbridge
CITY OF FALLS CHURCH (www.fallschurchva.gov)
City Hall, 300 Park Ave Ste 101
STAFFORD COUNTY (www.stafford.va.us)
Admin Ctr, 1300 Courthouse Rd
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (www.spotsylvania.va.us)
Registrar’s Office, 9106A Courthouse Rd
FAUQUIER COUNTY (www.fauquiercounty.gov)
Office of the General Registrar, 32 Waterloo St, Ste 207, Warrenton
To complete the online application for a mail-in Absentee Ballot, click here.
Call the Fairfax County Office of Elections if you need further assistance: (703) 222-0776
For more information about absentee voting visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
If you haven’t voted absentee by mail before, please read the following instructions to determine if this is the best option for you:
Absentee Voting (by mail)
This section explains how to apply for an Absentee (by mail) Ballot, which must be filled out precisely according to detailed instructions, signed by you and by a witness (as well as by any person providing voter assistance), mailed in the correct envelope with the proper postage and received by the registrar’s office no later than 7pm of Election Day.
Even small mistakes could invalidate your ballot. So we can’t overemphasize how important it is to carefully follow the detailed instructions.
An alternative for many voters is Early Voting in person (technically called “Absentee in-person voting”), where trained election personnel at Early Voting Locations can guide you through the process to make sure your vote counts. For details, click on Early Voting in person, featured in the “Contents” on this Voting section of the webpage, just above “Absentee Voting by Mail.”
If your intention is to Vote Early in-Person at an Early Voting Location, DO NOT SEND in a request for an Absentee Ballot Application, as it is sent in for mail-in ballots only. Once a mail-in ballot is requested, the voter must vote in this manner.
If you later change your mind and wish to vote in person, you must bring your absentee ballot to the polling place and have it first invalidated before you will be allowed to vote in person.
But Absentee Voting by mail is especially useful for those who
- Plan to be out of town for an extended period of time,
- Are likely unable to vote in person (early or on Election Day),
- Are college students (or their spouses) who do not plan to return to their city/county of registration before Election Day, or
- Voters without a valid photo ID, but who have voted in other Virginia elections. (No photo ID is required when voting by mail except for first-time Virginia voters.)
You must complete the following four steps to Vote Absentee by Mail:
- Register to vote or update your registration with your current address, or make any corrections to your registration,
- Qualify to vote absentee by selecting from among 19 reasons, with codes,
- Complete the Absentee (by mail) Ballot,
- Carefully follow the 14-step process to cast your absentee ballot.
- Register to Vote or Update your Registration with your current address or Make any Corrections to your Registration
Click on the blue “Register to Vote or Update your Voter Registration Online” button on this Voting Webpage. Registering or updating one’s registration must be completed 22 days before the election.
In addition to clicking on “I want to update my voter registration,” which will enable you to update your address or name on your voter registration, you will also be offered the option to click on, “I want to apply for absentee voting.” We recommend you do not click on this button, as it forces the voter to wade through 11 additional screens merely to request a mail-in ballot.
Instead, we suggest you read the two other options we offer in Step 3 further for easier, time-saving ways to request your Absentee (by mail) Ballot.
If your intention is to Vote Early in-person at an Early Voting Location, DO NOT SEND in a request for an Absentee Ballot Application, as this request is to be sent in for mail-in ballots only.
- Qualify to Vote Absentee by Selecting Among 19 Reasons, with Codes
Here are the 19 reasons Virginians must use to qualify to vote before Election Day, together with any supporting information required.
Code 1A: Student attending college or university outside of locality of Virginia residence (name of college or university),
Code 1B: Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of Virginia residence (name of college or university),
Code 1C: Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day (name of employer or business).
Code 1D: Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day (place of travel: Virginia county/city, or state or country),
Code 1E: I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6am and 7pm on Election Day (if you leave your city/county of residence, use Code 1C), provide name of employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM)
Code 1F: I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue),
Code 2A: My disability or illness,
Code 2B: I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home (family relationship),
Code 2C: My pregnancy,
Code 3A: Confined, awaiting trial (name of institution),
Code 3B: Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor (name of institution),
Code 4A: An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment,
Code 5A: I have a religious obligation,
Code 6A: Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces (branch of service),
Code 6B: Spouse or dependent living with a member of 6A (branch of service),
Code 6C: Temporarily residing outside the US, (enter your last date of residency at your Virginia voting residence only if you have given up that address permanently or have no intent to return),
Code 6D: Temporarily residing outside of US for employment, or spouse or dependent residing with employee (name of business or employer),
Code 7A: Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only (Ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent),
Code 8A: Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place.
- Complete your Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot
Once you have identified the reason and code which qualify you to Vote Absentee, and you wish to vote by mail rather than in person, you must apply for an Absentee Ballot.
As indicated earlier, the www.vote.virginia.gov site provides an opportunity for you to click on “I want to apply for absentee voting,” but it requires you to click through 11 screens to do so, which is laborious and time consuming. We recommend you consider the two methods we offer below, as they are easier and will save you time.
- Click here to apply for your Absentee Ballot online; this one-page online application is received by the registrar’s office immediately.
- Print your Absentee Ballot Application by clicking here or pick up an Absentee Ballot Application from your library or local government office and follow the instructions to submit it.
On the application, you must:
- Specify for which election you request a mail-in ballot.
- Provide two addresses: your residence and the address where the mail-in ballot is to be delivered. NOTE: The ballot may not be sent to the voter in care of another person.
- Select your code for the reason that qualifies you to vote absentee, providing any supporting information requested.
- Send in your paper application to the address on the form by mail (allow 5 days if using U.S. Mail), via FAX or as an email attachment to your local Voter Registration Office.
- For Fairfax County, FAX to 703-324-3725 or email to email@example.com.
- Click here for contact information for other nearby cities/counties: elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup.
The last day your mail-in ballot application can be received by your Office of Elections is 5pm on the Tuesday before the election (if provided in-person to your Registrar’s office, but arrive earlier so that the application can be completed by end of business), or by 11:59pm if submitted online.
Your Absentee Ballot Application can be sent to the registrar’s office up to one year before the date of the election for which you seek a mail-in ballot.
Ballots are sent to voters beginning 45 days before Election Day. If your application is received by the registrar after this date, you can expect to receive your ballot about 1-2 weeks later.
- Cast your Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot
Follow instructions precisely so your Absentee Ballot will not be rejected as invalid. Inside the envelope, there are (English only) instructions, a separate A envelope containing the ballot, a B envelope used for inserting the completed ballot, and the return envelope which is pre-addressed to your Registrar’s office.
The 13 steps to completing your ballot follow:
- A witness (friend or family member) is required before opening the A envelope containing the ballot,
- Follow the 4 pages of instructions carefully.
- If requested with the application, there will be a separate Assistance Form to complete with a separate set of instructions. This Assistance Form must be completed and returned to the Registrar along with the completed ballot. (Assistance can be used with or without this extra form should the voter need it. But if requested initially, then the form must be completed and returned with the ballot.)
- Fill in the circles on the ballot completely with a blue or black pen. Do not use an “X”.
- Complete the outside of envelope B.
- Sign Envelope B, have your witness sign it, and any assistant sign it, and date it for when you have completed the ballot.
- Insert your completed ballot into envelope B.
- Seal the B envelope completely.
- Insert the B envelope into the return envelope.
- Add a copy of your valid voter photo ID, as it might be required if this is the first time you are voting in Virginia (see the information below Step 13 on the exceptions to first-time voters having to vote in person).
- Seal the outer envelope.
- Affix a first class stamp if using the US postal service, or send via some other delivery service with any fees prepaid
- The completed ballot must arrive before 7pm of Election Day. Or, bring the completed ballot in to the register’s office yourself (no one else can do this for you.)
Notice to voters using US mail service: The USPS delivery standards have changed. First Class delivery now takes 2-5 days. Please consider this as you vote absentee by mail.
Generally, first-time voters must vote in person with the following exceptions:
- A voter with disabilities
- College students
- Full-time caregivers of disabled/ill family member
- Active Duty Merchant or spouse/dependent, or those temporarily residing outside the US.
Absentee ballots count! You can rest assured that properly completed absentee ballots are valid and counted just like any other ballot; they are counted on Election Day.
Don’t lose your absentee ballot! Once you request a mail-in absentee ballot, you will not be allowed to vote in-person (if you later change your mind) unless you bring your ballot with you to the polling place and first have it invalidated.
You can check the status of your Absentee (by mail) Application online at www.vote.virginia.gov.
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.
Go to: “Register to Vote or Update Your Voter Registration Online” on this Voting Page 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. The presidential candidates are on the ballot regardless of the voting residence. But the Member of Congress and various referendums on your ballot will be different. Which Member of the U.S. Congress do you want to help most? Or who needs your vote to be elected?
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
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.
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.