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Voters who wish to vote absentee instead of voting at their polling place on Election Day may absentee vote in person or by mail. You may apply for a by-mail ballot up to 12 months prior to the election in which you wish to vote. As of July 1, 2020, Virginia no longer requires a reason to vote absentee. An application to vote by mail is still required, however.

If you decide to go to the polls on Election Day instead of returning your voted ballot by mail, you must take your ballot with you or you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

For further information on absentee voting in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.


By Mail

How can I get a ballot mailed to me?

  • You may apply online using your DMV customer number or,
  • Complete, sign, and mail, fax, or email a Vote by Mail Application Form
  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m., 11 days before any election

How do I return my  Ballot?

  • Ballots may be mailed to the address listed below
  • Ballots may be hand delivered only by the voter to the address listed below
  • Ballots must be received before the polls close on Election Day at 7 pm in order to be counted

City of Fairfax Office of Elections
Suite 300, 10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Where is my Ballot?

Check your mailed absentee ballot status using the Ballot Scout Tracking Tool

  • Select the appropriate election from the drop-down menu 
  • Enter your name and ballot mailing address
    • If desired, you can opt in to receive updates via email or text message

You can also use the Virginia Department of Election's Absentee Voter Lookup Tool

  • Complete the information in the form
  • Select your locality

Annual Application

As of July 1, 2020, voters no longer need a qualifying disability or illness to request ballots on an annual basis. If you wish to receive ballots for all elections in which you are otherwise eligible to vote for the calendar year of your application, you must indicate as such on the application form. Complete, sign, and mail, fax, or email the application.

You can also apply online using your DMV customer number and indicate your preference for an annual application.