If you haven’t yet registered to vote, the deadline is just a few weeks away.
Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations are mobilizing to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections. There are already more than 717,000 registered voters in Fairfax County, according to August statistics from the State Board of Elections.
An estimated 6 million people nationwide didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline.
The voter registration deadline in Virginia this year is Oct. 15.
Fairfax County's website has a lot of useful information for people who need to register or have questions about whether their current voter registration is valid. If you have moved from the address on your voter registration card or changed your name, you need to re-register. (Instructions on how to do so are here.)
Here’s information on how residents can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections:
- Fill out a voter registration form in person at the Fairfax County Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 323 in Fairfax. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.You can call 703-324-4700 for 24-hour recorded information.
- Download a voter registration form from the State Board of Elections website, fill it out and return it to Fairfax County Office of Elections, P.O. Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038-8061. It must be postmarked by Oct. 15.
- You may also pick up a voter registration form at any public library, Department of Motor Vehicles office or several other locations (listed here).
If you aren't sure of the status of your voter registration, you can check it by going to the Virginia Board of Elections voter registration status service site.