Welcome to the Office of Voter Registration and Elections. See information below and links to the right regarding upcoming elections, voter registration, early in-person or absentee voting, and more.
Third-Party Vote-By-Mail Application Forms
Many City of Falls Church voters have recently received a letter in the mail from the Center for Voter Information with a Vote at Home "Ballot Request Form." The Registrar of Voters has confirmed this a legitimate non-profit third party and the applications are not a scam. However, the Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to use their official online Citizen Portal to request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot.
Absentee Ballot (Vote By Mail) Deadline: Friday, October 23
Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3 AND in our office no later than noon on Friday, November 6 to be counted, if mailed.
Ballots must still be in our office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 if it does not have a postmark.
Voting Early In-Person
As of July 1, 2020, Virginia has "no-excuse absentee voting." In other words, no longer will a voter need a "valid" reason to vote absentee. Voters are now allowed to vote early/absentee just because they choose to.
In-Person early/absentee voting begins Friday, September 18, 2020. The last day to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, October 31.
Vote in-person early/absentee at City Hall (300 Park Ave.) on weekdays (Monday-Friday), 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (hours subject to City Hall operating hours). Voters can also vote early on Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Voters over the age of 65 or with physical limitations may vote curbside outside City Hall. Call the Elections Office at 703-248-5085 (TTY 711) once you've arrived or to call ahead and make an appointment.
Voters must bring a valid Voter ID, which as of July 1, 2020 includes their Voter Information Notice (aka Voter Card) or a utility bill with their name and registered address on it. Valid Photo IDs - such as a Virginia Drivers License, US Passport, or Employment Badge - are still accepted as Voter ID as well.
Voters are able to apply for an absentee ballot up to a year before any election and are encouraged to apply as soon as they choose to vote-by-mail.
We will mail all ballots for which we have absentee by-mail applications by the end of September 2020. If you don’t have your ballot by October 2020 and think you applied for one, please contact our office so we can research.
Witness Signature Not Required for November 2020 Ballot: While Witness Signatures are normally required when returning a Vote-by-Mai ballot, due to the COVID-19 pandemic any voter who feels there is too much risk of infection will not be required to get a witness signature for the November 2020 election. Election officials will not reject any ballot where the witness signature is missing on the Statement of Voter of Envelope B for the November 2020 election.
Track Your Ballot :: Voters can now lookup the status of their vote-by-mail ballots using the widget below, powered by Ballot Scout, which was created by Democracy Works, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, and is used in partnership with the City of Falls Church Office of Elections and Voter Registration. Ballot Scout tracks mail-in ballots and provides transparency for voters and election officials into where mail-in ballots are located, and ensures each vote is counted.
Voters who requested a ballot by mail may deposit their completed ballot at a secure Ballot Box located outside City Hall (300 Park Ave.) The Ballot Box is under 24/7 video surveillance and is monitored by the Falls Church Police Department.
Make sure you include "Envelope B" inside the dark orange return envelope provided when dropping your ballot at the Ballot Box.
What to Know on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3, 2020)
Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Voters must be in line by 7:00 p.m. to vote.
Voters must bring a valid Voter ID, which as of July 1, 2020 includes their Voter Information Notice (aka Voter Card) or a utility bill with their name and registered address on it. Valid Photo IDs - such as a Virginia Drivers License, US Passport, or Employment Badge - are still accepted as Voter ID as well. Voters who do not have Voter ID will be eligible to vote by Provisional Ballot.