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Absentee Voting Begins Friday

If you've got a valid excuse, you can vote before Nov. 6 in person at the elections office, at satellite offices or by mail.

Absentee Voting Begins Friday

The election is Nov. 6, but if you're not going to be here, don't sweat it. You can vote absentee.

Absentee voting begins Friday for Fairfax County residents. You have the option of showing up in person at the Office of Elections starting Friday, mailing in your ballot, or visiting a satellite voting office around the county (these open Oct. 17). 

Some valid excuses for voting absentee that will pass muster, according to the Fairfax County Office of Elections:

  • If you're confined awaiting trial.
  • If you're pregnant.
  • If you'll be working and commuting longer than 11 hours on Election Day, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For the full range of excused reasons allowed for voting absentee, visit the county Web site on absentee voting.

The schedule for absentee voting at the Office of the Elections, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323 in Fairfax, is as follows:

Sept. 21-Oct. 16: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Hours: Oct. 17-Nov. 2 

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday Hours:

  •  Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Office Closed On: 

  • Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day)

Last Day to Vote In-Person: 

  • Saturday, Nov. 3

For more information about absentee voting in Fairfax County visit the Office of Elections' Web site.

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