Information for Absentee Voters in November 7, 2017 General Election

[This page was updated on October 17, 2017 and reflects the latest information available for the November 7, 2017 general election in Virginia.]

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The deadline to register to vote, or to update your registration has passed. Please use the link above to verify your registration and your polling location.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5:00PM. (However, we recommend voting absentee in person, if you are able.) Click here to find out more information about voting absentee by mail.

The deadline to vote absentee in person is Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5:00PM.

If you have an emergency such as a hospitalization, death in the family, or business travel after the deadline to request an absentee ballot or vote absentee in person, click here for instructions on voting absentee in these circumstances.

If you are eligible to vote absentee in Virginia, you are eligible to do so in person. We strongly recommend voting absentee in person if you are able, instead of voting by mail.

Virginia does not have early voting, but many citizens are eligible to vote absentee before election day. Reasons include: You work outside of Fairfax County; you are ill or disabled or care for someone ill or disabled; you plan to be out of the County for personal or business reasons; you're a first responder; you or your spouse is in the military; and many others. Please review the full list and if any of the conditions apply to you, we encourage you to vote in-person absentee before election day. This way you can avoid any unforeseen circumstances such as bad traffic, having to work late, being called out of town at the last minute, or other uncontrollable events.

Don't forget to bring an acceptable form of PHOTO identification with you when you vote absentee in-person.

Where & When To Vote Absentee in Fairfax

In-person absentee voting is available at the Fairfax County Government Center Monday - Saturday starting September 22, 2017. (The Government Center will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9.)

Satellites will be open Saturdays starting September 30, and will be open Monday - Friday evenings starting October 16.

Inclement Weather Information

In the event that Fairfax County Government Offices close due to inclement weather, absentee voting will be cancelled. For additional information on operating status, please call the Fairfax County Government Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771. Information is also available through the County's website, Twitter and Facebook.

In-person absentee voting times for Fairfax County:

Dates Government Center Satellite Locations
Sept 30 – Nov 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon – Fri
Oct 16 – Nov 3
8:00 am – 7:00 pm 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mon, Nov 6 Closed
Vote at your normal polling location
6:00 am – 7:00 pm

Download a calendar here.

Last Day to Vote Absentee in Person: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fairfax County Government Center 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Conference Rooms 2/3, Fairfax, VA 22035

Satellite Locations:

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Live Outside of Fairfax County?
You may only vote absentee in-person in the city or county in which you are registered. Click here for contact information for the Office of Elections in surrounding jurisdictions.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Virginia?

The following are the 20 valid reasons to vote absentee, the reason code, and what additional information is required (if any).

Code Reason Supporting Information Required
1A Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university
1B Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university
1C Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day Name of employer or business
1D Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day Place of travel (VA county/city or state or country)
1E I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day Name of employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM)
1F I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue) Not required
2A My disability or illness Not required
2B I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home Family Relationship
2C My pregnancy Not required
3A Confined, awaiting trial Name of institution
3B Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor Name of institution
4A An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment Not required
5A I have a religious obligation Not required
6A Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces Branch of service
6B Spouse or dependent living with a member of 6A Branch of service
6C Temporarily residing outside of 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
6D Temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee Name of business or employer
7A Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only (Ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent) New state of residence and date moved from Virginia. Only eligible if you moved less than 30 days before the presidential election.
8A Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place Not required
9A Granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction. Name of the county or city in Virginia or the state of the issuing court.

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Voting Absentee by Mail

You may apply for an absentee ballot at any time. Ballots will be mailed out for the November 7 election beginning on September 22, 2017.

We STRONGLY encourage you to vote absentee in-person: Your ballot could get lost in the mail either being delivered to you or returned to the electoral board. Also, there are strict rules to follow in completing an absentee mail ballot, and many ballots are not counted due to errors.

If you must vote absentee by mail, here is the information you need:

Deadline to Apply: You must submit your absentee application no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5:00pm.

Click here to apply for an absentee ballot online. Complete the information on the first screen and click Find. On the next screen, click in the box next to I want to apply for absentee voting and click Continue. – OR –

Click here to download the absentee ballot application. (Spanish) (Korean) (Vietnamese)

  • Fax the application to 703-324-3725
  • Email the application to
  • Mail the application to Office of Elections, BOX 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038

Whichever method you choose, the application must be received no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. All information on the form must be complete, including the reason you need to vote absentee, the address where you want the ballot mailed, your full name, home address, and the last four digits of your social security number. You must sign and date the application.

Completed absentee ballots must be received—not postmarked—by the Office of Elections no later than 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in order to be counted in the election.

Lost or Damaged Absentee Ballots

If you damage, mark incorrectly (spoil), lose your original absentee ballot or never received it, call the Office of Elections immediately at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) and they can explain what you need to do to get a replacement ballot.

If the ballot is damaged or spoiled, you must return it before you can receive a replacement ballot. Here is what you can do, but it is strongly recommend that you call the Office of Elections first at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).

  • Visit the Office of Elections, Suite 323 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035. They can issue you a replacement ballot up until the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day. Make sure to bring your damaged or spoiled ballot.
  • Bring your damaged or spoiled ballot to your polling place, or to the Office of Elections at the Government Center, on Election Day, where you can vote once you turn your ballot over to an election officer.
  • A voter with an illness or disability who cannot come to our office may designate an individual to pick up and return a replacement ballot on your behalf. Please call the Office of Elections first at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) to find out what you need to do for this process.
  • If you lost or never received your ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot at the polling place on Election Day. This ballot will not be counted on Election Day. However, once it is verified that your absentee ballot was never received by the Office of Elections, your provisional ballot will be processed.

Change Your Mind?

If you requested an absentee ballot by mail, but then become able to cast your ballot on Election Day, just bring your absentee ballot with you to the polls. The Election Officer will take your absentee ballot and issue you a regular ballot to cast that day.

If you forget or lose your absentee ballot, you should cast a provisional ballot. When the Electoral Board meets after the election, they will look at the list of the returned absentee ballots. If you are not listed as having returned a ballot, your provisional ballot will be counted.

More information is available on Fairfax's Office of Elections' Web site.

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Emergency Absentee Voting

There are two basic types of emergency absentee voting with different procedures for each:

  1. Incapacity with Designated Representative (Va. Code § 24.2-705)
    • Voter became ill or incapacitated on or after the 7th day preceding the election
    • Voter became hospitalized on or after the 14th day preceding the election, but still in hospital and condition has made unable to request an absentee ballot earlier than the 7th day before an election
    • Bereaved by a “family member” as defined by § 24.2-705.1(2)
    • Other comparably incapacitating emergency found by the Electoral Board to justify providing an emergency ballot application.
    Voter Requirements
    • Designated representative may request through the day before the election
    • Completed application must be delivered back to the local registrar’s office by 5:00 p.m. the day before the election
    • Voted ballot must be returned before polls close on Election Day (exception allows designated representative to return the voted ballot)
  2. Voter Plans Change After Noon Saturday (Va. Code § 24.2-705.1)
    • Late assignment of an Election Officer
    • Required emergency travel for business, hospitalization or death in immediate family
    Voter Requirements
    • Apply and vote in person by 2:00 p.m. on the day preceding the election

Emergency Absentee Ballot Application (.doc)

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