Early voting starts in Fairfax County

Election Day is still more than six weeks away, but if you want to vote right now, many of you can do that.

In-person absentee voting started Monday at the county’s Government Center in Fairfax. On October 13 it will expand to nine additional locations. You can also vote by mail right now.

Voting by absentee ballot could save you lots of time because there are lots of registered voters in Fairfax County – almost 700,000. And turnout is elected to be heavy on Election Day.

Twenty things that make you eligible to vote early

  • Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia
  • Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
  • Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day
  • Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day
  • I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day
  • I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, firefighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
  • My disability or illness
  • I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home
  • My pregnancy
  • Confined, awaiting trial
  • Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor
  • An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • I have a religious obligation
  • Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
  • Spouse or dependent living with a member of Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
  • Temporarily residing outside of U.S.
  • Temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee
  • Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place
  • Granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Complete list of information from Virginia Department of Elections, including supporting information you may need to provide.

What’s on the ballot?

  • Member, United States Senate
  • Member, United States House of Representatives (8th, 10th and 11th Congressional Districts)

Town of Herndon (Voters who live in Herndon only)

  • Mayor
  • Member, Town Council

In addition, there is a public safety bond referendum and two Virginia state constitutional amendments.



About the Author

Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.