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Elections and Voting

Information on elections and voting in Fairfax County and adjacent towns and cities.

Upcoming Elections

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Visit the Citizen Portal on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

  • November 2, 2021 - General & Special Elections

    • First day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office: Friday, September 17.
    • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration: Tuesday, October 12.
    • Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, October 22. Request must be received by local voter registration office by 5 p.m.
    • Voter registration offices open Saturday, October 23 and October 30 for early voting.
    • Last day of in-person early voting at local voter registration office: Saturday, October 30 at 5 p.m.

Virginia Department of Elections

Information for voters and candidates throughout the state, including election law. The website is also available in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

  • Absentee and Early Voting
    Instructions, requirements and deadlines for voting absentee by mail (requires an application) and for in-person early voting (no application required). You do not need a reason to vote absentee, but you must be a registered voter. Includes information on how to track the status of your mailed absentee ballot.
  • Accessible Voting
    Information on accessible voter registration, voting options and polling places.
  • Citizen Portal
    Register to vote or access your Virginia voter record to update your registration, apply to vote absentee, and view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status and voting history.
  • Candidates & Referendums
    See a list of candidates and read the text of any issues that will come up for a vote on the ballot in an upcoming election.
  • Election Results
    Find the results of the latest election or view historical results.
  • ID Required to Vote
    Virginia law requires you to show one acceptable ID to vote.
  • Military and Overseas Citizens
    Instructions for applying for an absentee ballot.
  • Register to Vote
    Information on who can register to vote, registration deadlines, and instructions on how to register either online or on paper using the Virginia Voter Registration Application Form. which you can submit in person or by mail. Forms are also available in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Upcoming Elections
    See elections, special elections and important voter deadlines.
  • Where Do I Vote? — Find Your Polling Place
    Use the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal to find your polling location, election district and more.

Local Area Jurisdictions

Each site provides information on elections, the voting process and polling locations.

More Election-Related Resources

  • Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
    Voting assistance for service members, their families and overseas citizens. A program of the US Department of Defense.
  • National Mail Voter Registration Form
    Available in 15 languages, use this form to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, to make a change of address or to register with a political party. Important: You must follow the state-specific instructions listed for your state. From the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
  • Vote411 Voter Guide
    The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Their voters' guides, which become available just prior to an election, include candidates' biographical information and responses to questions on the issues. The league also produces Facts for Voters, an annual brochure of government officials, agencies and services with contact information.
  • What is the Electoral College?
    Answers to questions about the Electoral College and its role in presidential elections. From the National Archives.
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