Absentee voting provides a means for qualified voters to participate in upcoming elections even though they may not be able to go to the polls on election day due to a qualifying reason listed on the absentee ballot application. Absentee voting begins 45 days before each regularly scheduled primary or general election. In the event of a special election, excluding federal offices, if time is insufficient to meet the applicable start of absentee voting deadline, then it will start as soon after the deadline as possible. Please contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain an absentee ballot application or download the absentee ballot application.
Absentee Voting by Mail:
To request an absentee ballot by mail, a voter must complete the absentee ballot application and return it to the Registrar’s Office either by mail, fax or in-person to:
County of Fauquier
Office of the General Registrar
32 Waterloo Street, Suite 207
Warrenton, Virginia 20186-3238
The completed absentee ballot application must be received in the Registrar’s Office no later than 5:00p.m. the Tuesday before the election date to be able to have an absentee ballot issued by mail. Postmarks are not acceptable for this deadline; the completed absentee ballot application must be in the possession of the Registrar’s Office on or before the deadline date and time to qualify.
NOTE: The voted absentee ballot must be returned and in the possession of the Registrar’s Office no later than the closing of the polls (7:00p.m.) on the day of the election to be counted, postmarks are not acceptable for this deadline (Va. Code §24.2-710). Any voted absentee ballots received after the deadline date and time will not be opened and will be delivered to the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Va. Code §24.2-711).
In-person Absentee Voting:
This service begins daily in the Registrar’s Office before each primary, general or special election. A voter must complete the absentee ballot application and vote on the voting equipment provided in the Registrar’s Office. In-person absentee voting occurs as follows:
1) Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. (excluding holidays)
2) On the last Saturday before a town, primary or special election from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
3) On the last two Saturdays before the November general election from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
NOTE: Normal in-person absentee voting ends at 5:00p.m. on the last Saturday immediately preceding the Tuesday election date.
For questions or more information about absentee voting please contact the Registrar’s Office. More information about absentee voting is available by visiting the Department of Elections Absentee Voting Page.
Date Last Modified: 10/28/2014