Mailed Ballots

To make sure your ballot is counted, return it using a drop box at any early voting location or election day poll when open. With potential mail delays, this is the only way to be sure your ballot is received on time. Read more.

Request your mailed ballot

Anyone can request a ballot be mailed to them without a reason.


We recommend anyone interested in this option to submit a request as soon as possible to allow time for the request to be processed and mailed.

If you do not have a DMV Driver’s license or state ID, you may print and return a paper absentee request form.

The deadline to request a mailed ballot for the November 3, 2020 election has passed.

Complete your ballot

  1. Mark your ballot – use our sample ballot
  2. Seal your ballot in “Envelope B”
  3. Completely fill out the statement on “Envelope B”
    • Fill in your name and address as they appear on the pre-printed return envelope that you received with your ballot.
    • Sign the statement (no witness is required)
    • Date the statement
  4. Seal your ballot in the return envelope

If you’ve changed your mind and you no longer want to vote absentee, bring your absentee ballot to an early voting location (preferred) or to YOUR regular polling place on election day to vote normally.

If you have lost or haven’t received your absentee ballot, go to early voting to vote normally. Only wait until Election Day if it is your only option.

Return your ballot

There are options for how you can return a completed mailed ballot.
We no longer recommend returning your ballot by mail.

  1. Drop boxes at any Fairfax County early voting location, or at any polling place on election day
    During the hours that early voting locations are open, and from 6 am – 7 pm on election day at all polling locations, you may return your completed, sealed ballot in a drop box.
  2. 24-hour drop box a the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035)
    The red drop box outside the Government Center can be used any time up to 7 pm on November 3rd. The box is under video surveillance and regularly emptied.

If you’ve changed your mind and you no longer want to vote absentee, bring your absentee ballot to an early voting location (preferred) or to YOUR regular polling place on election day to vote normally.

Track your mailed ballot

To track the status of your ballot, go to the
Virginia Board of Elections’ Citizens Portal.