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In-Person and By-Mail Absentee Voting Begins Friday

Find out when, where and how eligible voters can vote by absentee for the upcoming Nov. 5 election.

Absentee voting begins Sept. 20.   Patch file
Absentee voting begins Sept. 20. Patch file
 By Jennifer Van Der Kleut


Residents of Fairfax County can begin absentee voting for the upcoming Nov. 5 election beginning Friday, Sept. 20.

In-person absentee voting begins Friday, Sept. 20 at the Fairfax County Government Center, Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, in Fairfax.

Beginning on Sept. 28, residents can vote at seven satellite locations throughout the county, including North County Government Center, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., in Reston.

Voting hours at the Government Center are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning Oct. 15, the hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday.

Saturday voting will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2.

By-mail absentee ballots will be sent out to residents who have applied beginning this Friday, Sept. 20. For your vote to be included, it must be received by the elections office by 7 p.m. on election day, Nov. 5.


Fairfax County Satellite Locations for In-Person Absentee Voting:

These locations are available for voting on the following dates and times:

Saturdays: 
Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday: Oct. 15 - Nov. 1 

Hours: 3:30 - 7 p.m.


Franconia Governmental Center
6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria

North County Human Services Building
1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Reston

Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria

Mason Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale

Sully District Governmental Center
4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly

Dolley Madison Library
1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean

West Springfield Governmental Center
6140 Rolling Road, Springfield


** For All City and County Residents: The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. The last day to apply to vote absentee is Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.


How do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee? 
Click here for eligibility guidelines.
TheRepublican September 20, 2013 at 05:07 AM
This shouldn't be allowed at all. There should be no early or absentee voting. Either you show up or you don't. The lazy bums that can't do that shouldn't be allowed to have a say in anything. We need voter ID laws that are much more tuffer than what's in place to stop Obama and the socialists from performing voter fraud. Voter fraud by the socialists is rampant and it's been reported time and time and time again by Rush, Glenn, and Fox. It's just that simple, people!
Fiddlesticks September 20, 2013 at 07:56 AM
To TheRepublican - during the 20 years my husband served in the Army, we always voted by absentee ballot. Are you calling us lazy bums? We've been out of town on business and voted early in order to not miss our chance at exercising our right to vote. Not because we're lazy. The people to be upset with are the people who are too foolish to vote at all.
Stella McEnearny September 20, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Right on, Fiddlesticks! Not a fan of voter obstruction of any kind. Thank your husband for us!
Karen Goff September 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Thanks, JF. Been clarified.
Laurie Dodd September 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM
In-Person Absentee voting is appropriate for anyone who commutes to work. The unpredictability of the roads, with events like Snowmaggedon in mind, creates uncertainty about getting to the polls on November 5. I will be voting on a Saturday at a convenient satellite location!

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