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Virginia Absentee Ballot Applications Available for College-Bound Students

Leaving for college outside Fairfax County soon? Apply now for an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 5 election.

(Patch File Photo)
(Patch File Photo)

By William Callahan

Students who live in and are registered to vote in Fairfax County but attend college outside the county can now apply for mail-in absentee ballots before leaving for school.

Absentee ballots can be found on the county website, at the Fairfax County Government Center, at local libraries, and at the offices of county supervisors.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election – which includes a race for governor between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli – is Oct. 15. The deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot is Oct. 29.

If students are home around the time of elections, in-person absentee voting is scheduled to begin Sept. 20 at different locations in the county until Nov. 2 and on Saturdays from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2. Find in-person absentee locations on the county’s website. 

Students attending George Mason University in Fairfax or other schools in Fairfax County might not be eligible to vote absentee unless they meet other criteria under Virginia law. The list of eligibility requirements can be found on the county’s website.

Don’t forget – you can register to vote or check your registration online. You can also check your voter registration on your smartphone using the county’s mobile app


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Laurie Dodd August 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Absentee ballots can also be cast IN PERSON starting Sept. 20, with Saturday voting available September 28 through Election Day (Nov. 5). Vote absentee in Fairfax or at satellite locations in Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, Chantilly, McLean, and Springfield. If you are eligible to vote absentee, you can vote in person without doing any paperwork in advance. More information (including a list of absentee voting locations) is available at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee.htm

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