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Register to vote

To vote in the November 3, 2020, election, you must register by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must be a resident of Virginia.
  • You must be 18 or older on Election Day. If you are 17 years old, but will be 18 by the time of the general election, you will be allowed to register  and vote in a primary election.
  • You must not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • If you’ve been convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.

Go to the Virginia Department of Elections website to register to vote or update your address

Check or update your registration

Go to the Virginia Department of Elections website to check your registration status or update your address.

Find your polling place

If you choose to vote on Election Day, November 3, you must vote at your designated polling place. Find your polling place here.

Absentee and early voting

There are several ways to avoid your busy polling place on Election Day, and you no longer need to provide a reason for voting by mail-in absentee ballot or in-person absentee.

mail-in ballotYou can vote by mail—but avoid using the USPS to send in your ballot! The General Assembly took action in special session in August so Fairfax County will be able to provide secure drop boxes around the county. One will be located at the Franconia Governmental Center during early voting hours listed below. One is now located at the Fairfax County Government Center and may be used during early voting hours.

If you requested a mail-in ballot but now want to vote in person, take your unopened ballot to an early voting site or your precinct on Election Day. You will surrender the mail-in ballot and be able to vote a regular ballot. 

Anyone registered to vote in Fairfax County may vote early, with no excuse. 

There are 14 satellite locations in addition to the Fairfax County Government Center, where the Office of Elections is now open for absentee voting on weekdays through October 30, with Saturday hours beginning on October 17 and ending on October 31. 

Dates and times for the Fairfax County Government Center:

  • Dates: Friday, September 18, through Tuesday, October 13.
  • Times: Weekdays 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Dates: Wednesday, October 14, through Saturday, October 31.
  • Times: Weekdays 8 am to 7 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.

Dates and times for the 14 satellite locations. Check here as times may change to meet demand:

  • Dates: Wednesday, October 14, through Saturday, October 31.
  • Times: Weekdays 1 to 7 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.

Satellite locations around Fairfax County:

  • Lee District’s Franconia Governmental Center | 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria
  • Centreville Regional Library | 14200 Saint Germain Drive, Centreville
  • Great Falls Library | 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library | 768 Center Street, Herndon
  • Laurel Hill Golf Club | 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton
  • Mason Governmental Center | 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • McLean Governmental Center | 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean
  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center | 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
  • North County Governmental Center | 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston
  • Providence Community Center | 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax
  • Sully Governmental Center | 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly
  • Thomas Jefferson Library | 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church
  • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library | 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
  • West Springfield Governmental Center | 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield

Anyone registered to vote in Fairfax County can vote at any of the early voting sites. 

Vote absentee by mail

If you prefer not to vote in person, you may request a mail-in ballot here. Absentee ballots, to be counted, must be POSTMARKED on or before Election Day and received by the Office of Elections by noon on Friday, November 6. But don’t procrastinate: Fill out your ballot and send it back in as soon as you receive it.

Changes for 2020: You do not need to have a witness signature on your ballot, and you don’t need a stamp to return the ballot by mail.

Information for students

If you are a Virginia resident who attends school in-state, but in a different precinct, you can vote in the precinct where you live while attending school only if you change your registration. You can change your registration here.

If you’re a student from Virginia who attends school in another state, you should determine whether you’re a Virginia resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.

Voting accessibility

Curbside voting is available for voters over age 65 or those with disabilities. If you choose to vote using this option, an election officer will bring a ballot to your car so you can vote. More information on voting accessibility can be found on the Virginia Department of Elections website.