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Election Information

Click here for information on General and Special Elections as well as information on absentee voting, your polling place, and ID required to vote.

2016 Election Dates

  • Presidential Primaries in Virginia, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
  • Spring Elections, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, City of Fairfax, Clifton, and Vienna
  • Presidential and General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  • Presidential and Federal Election, November 8, 2016

    November 8, General and Special Elections

    Voter registration deadline: Oct. 17, 5 p.m.** Mail-In absentee ballot request deadline: NOW through Nov. 1, 5 p.m.

    In-person absentee voting begins*: Sept. 23

    On Election Day, polling locations are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only registered voters are eligible to vote. To confirm whether you are registered to vote at your current address, visit the Virginia Department of Elections citizen's portal,, or call our office: 703-222-0776, 24/7. If you have moved or changed your name in the last four years, please register your new address or name at:

    Absentee Voting

    Voters may submit an absentee ballot request for the November 8, 2016 General and Special Elections now through November 1. Please remember that voted ballots must be returned to our office, by 7 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. If you have a DMV ID, you may submit an absentee ballot application online at:

    In-person absentee voting: In-person absentee voting will be available at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3. Weekdays: Sept. 23 + Oct. 14, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 17 + Nov. 4: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays: Oct. 1 + Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Satellite in-person voting Saturdays, Oct. 1 + Nov. 5 at eight additional locations throughout the county, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekday satellite voting, Oct. 17 + Nov. 4, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.*

    For locations and further information, please visit: Registered voters may vote at any satellite location.

    Fairfax County Election Officers Sought: We need you!

    Election Officers Needed! The Office of Elections is currently recruiting voters to serve as Election Officers a few days a year. Election Officers are needed at each of the 240 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist the voters.

    View the "Being an Election Officer" Video at:

    In order to be an Election Officer, you must:

    • Be fluent in English
    • Be a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Be able to fulfill the Federal I-9 employment eligibility requirements
    • Attend a 3-hour training class
    • Arrive at the polling place at 5:00 am and remain until all work has been completed after the polls close at 7pm
    • Have basic computer skills The Election Officer's main priority is to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election process. A typical Election Day consists of:
    • arriving one hour before polls open to set up voting equipment
    • hanging up pertinent signage
    • preparing the polling room for voting
    • processing voters throughout the day
    • assisting with operating voting equipment
    • securing voting equipment and closing down the polling place at the end of the day.

    Election Officers are offered a stipend of $175 for serving a full day. We especially encourage bilingual citizens to serve as we need language assistance in many precincts.

    Residency in Fairfax County is not required. It is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the election process or public service, and we need civic-minded individuals to help make Election Day a success!

    To apply, call the office at (703) 324-4735. You can also email or visit the Office of Elections website at for more information.

    Polling Place Information

    Virginia polls are open from 6:00am to 7:00pm. If you are in line at 7:00pm you will be allowed to vote.

    Where do I vote? Find your polling place, click here.

    Election Day Information: On Election Day polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Voter Registration: If you are already registered at your current address, you do not need to register again.

    ID Required to Vote

    Important Notice: New Voter ID Requirements

    Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of valid photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without valid photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality's electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.

    Please Note: Valid means the document is genuine, bears the photograph of the voter, and is not expired for more than 12 months

    Acceptable forms of identification include the following:

  • valid Virginia driver's license;

  • valid United States passport;

  • any other photo identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States;

  • valid student identification card containing a photograph of the voter issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

  • any valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business

  • Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar's office

    Click here for further information on ID Requirements from the Virginia Department of Elections

  • Who are the candidates up for election in 2016?

    More to come about candidates soon!

    Click here for Virginia Voter information.

    Results for Elections across Virginia

    2016 will be busy for our nation. Results will be found here.

    Want to see more about your voter registration? Then find your voter information, including sample ballot here.