If you want to vote by mail in the Nov 3, general election in Fairfax County, the last day to apply is Friday at 5 p.m.

The quickest, most secure way to apply is online through the state’s portal at vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/absentee. Act now because it takes time to process your application, as well as mail your ballot to you.

As a result of a new state law, any registered voter may now vote by mail without needing a reason or excuse.

Returning your ballot

We’ve now issued almost 250,000 mail-in ballots, and return yours as soon as possible if you know how you’re voting. You have three options for returning your ballot:

1. Mail it back. Put it in the mail right away but no later than Halloween, Oct. 31. Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3, and it must be received by the Office of Elections by noon on Nov. 6.

2. Put it in a ballot drop-off box at any Fairfax County early voting location. Boxes are only available during the hours early voting sites are open, and you may use a box at any location. There’s also a secure, 24-hour drop-off box outside the Fairfax County Government Center you can use anytime.

3. Put it in a drop-off box on Election Day, Nov. 3. Boxes will be available at every precinct (outside the voting room) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you may go to any polling place.

Tips for using a drop-off box

If you are returning your ballot in a drop-off box, please be sure to put “Envelope B” inside the prepaid, return envelope, even though you’re not mailing it back. This will help elections staff to more quickly process your ballot when it’s received.

However, your mail-in ballot will still be counted even if you returned your ballot inside the “B” envelope only.

You can check when your ballot has been received by the Fairfax County Office of Elections by looking on the state’s portal. Once you log in, look at your voter history. When you use a drop-off box, Ballot Scout won’t indicate if your ballot was received because this tool only tracks ballots returned by mail.

Contact Fort Belvoir’s Voting Assistance Officer for questions

The Installation Voting Office can assist all Soldiers, Family members, and DoD civilians in filling out a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), as well as answer any questions regarding registration and important General Election and Primary dates for State and Federal Elections.

Your Fort Belvoir Installation Voting Assistance Officer is Mr. Fabian Reinoso. For questions or concerns, contact him at fabian.s.reinosomarchena.civ@mail.mil or 571-926-2914. For additional information, visit belvoir.armymwr.com/happenings/installation-vo.