Early (Absentee) Voting

No Excuse Early/Absentee Voting

As of July 1, 2020, Virginia now 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 too.

Voting Early/Absentee By-Mail

The easiest and best way to apply for a by-mail absentee ballot is to go to the Virginia Department of Elections website. You can also mail or drop off a completed application to our office at 300 Park Ave., Falls Church VA, 22046. 

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. 

November 2020 General Election

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. 

  • Vote-By-Mail Application 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/Absentee In-Person

Early/Absentee in-person 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. 

November 2020 General Election

  • 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.
  • As of July 2020, we are likely to implement a curbside service for all voters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this website if that changes.

More information about Absentee Voting

Visit the Virginia Department of Election’s website or call the City of Falls Church Voter Registration and Elections page at 703-248-5085 (TTY 711).