Early voting begins Friday, September 23 for the Congressional midterm elections. Candidates for the 8th, 10th and 11th congressional districts will be on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election, along with the council and mayor of the town of Herndon.

Three locations will be open for Early Voting on weekdays:

These locations will be the only places available for early voting until October 27, when 13 more sites will open.

Before going to vote, please check the opening hours of early voting sites as times vary by location.

Any registered voter can vote at any early voting site. The last day to vote early is Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m.


13 additional early voting locations will be offered from October 27:

Weekday voting hours at these locations will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Weekend voting will be offered three Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..:

  • Saturday September 24: ONLY Fairfax County Government Center, Mount Vernon Government Center and North County Government Center are open.
  • Saturday October 29: All early voting sites are open.
  • Saturday November 5: All early voting sites are open (and this is the last day to vote early).

For the second time, the county also will offer voting hours on a Sunday:

  • Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


The November 8 election is for the United States House of Representatives:

  • 8th congressional district
  • 10th congressional district
  • 11th congressional district

For residents of the town of Herndon, the mayor and council are also up for election.


By law, voters must show ID when they vote, but photo ID, such as a driver’s license, is no longer required. You can use a copy of your:

  • Current invoice.
  • Bank statement.
  • Government check.
  • Paycheck.
  • Other government document with elector’s name and address.

Of course, photo IDs are still an acceptable form of identification — and you can even use an expired Virginia driver’s license, no matter how long it’s been expired.


As a result of redistricting, which is a legally required process to adjust electoral districts every 10 years, voters can see that their electoral district has changed. Before going to vote, double check your neighborhood viewing your voter information on the state online portal.

Fairfax County will also send each registered voter a sample personalized ballot. It will show your congressional district, precinct, and polling place.

In addition, the state will send voters a redistricting mail, reminding them of their new legislative and congressional districts following the redistricting.


For voters who have already applied, their mail-in ballots will start arriving in the mail after September 23.

To vote by mail, you must apply before October 28 at 5 p.m.and any registered voter can vote by mail by post without needing a reason or excuse.

The fastest and safest way to apply is online at the Virginia Department of Elections website. You will also be able to track the status of your application, as well as when your ballot will be sent to you. Your Virginia driver’s license number is required to apply online, along with the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not want to return your ballot by mail, you can return it to a drop box at any early voting site during business hours. A 24-hour secure drop box is also available outside the Fairfax County Government Center.

Secure the 24/7 Ballot Drop Box at the Fairfax County Government Center


For questions or more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.