The Different Ways to Vote for the 2020 Presidential Election

Today, September 22, 2020, is National Voter Registration Day. You can register to vote until October 13. If you are eligible to do so and have not yet, you can register here.

With the unexpected global pandemic this year and confusion over voting early or absentee and the state of the United States Postal Service, the team at Abrams Landau law want to help bring some clarity and direction during these uncertain times. Knowledge on how to safely vote should be easily accessible.

The Washington Post has a helpful webpage with all the different ways you can vote depending on your state. If you do not reside in Virginia and will like more information on the different ways you can vote for the 2020 presidential election, click here.

In-person absentee early voting in Fairfax County, Virginia will run from September 18-October 31. Currently, only Fairfax County Government Center is open, but on October 14, all 14 satellite locations will be open for in-person absentee voting.

For in-person absentee voting at Fairfax County Government Center:

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Suite 323

September 18-October 13: Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Closed Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day)
October 14-October 31: Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click here to watch a helpful video on in-person absentee voting and what precautions Fairfax County is taking with COVID-19.

As of now, these locations are proposed to be open weekdays from 1-7 pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Please note that these hours may change so click here for more information.

  • • Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive, Centreville
  • • Franconia Governmental Center 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria
  • • Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
  • • Herndon Fortnightly Library 768 Center Street, Herndon
  • • Laurel Hill Golf Club 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton
  • • Mason Governmental Center 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
  • • McLean Governmental Center 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean
  • • Mount Vernon Governmental Center 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria
  • • North County Governmental Center 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston
  • • Providence Community Center 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax
  • • Sully Governmental Center 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly
  • • Thomas Jefferson Library 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church
  • • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
  • • West Springfield Governmental Center 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield

Due to the pandemic, no Virginia voter has to give a reason for voting absentee whether in-person absentee voting or by mail. You can request an absentee ballot now until October 23.

You can mail an absentee ballot back OR safely return them at drop boxes located at precincts and the satellite locations listed above, as well as the Office of the General Registrar. You can return absentee ballots during the dates and times that the satellite locations are open for absentee in person early voting. Request and return ballots as soon as possible to ensure it is delivered on time. Click here to apply to vote absentee by mail.

If you plan to vote absentee in-person/early voting, you do not need to submit an application or call ahead. However, you must be registered to vote and bring the current voter ID requirements. Click here to see the latest list of acceptable IDs in Virginia.

October 31 is the last day to hand deliver absentee ballots to one of the satellite locations and November 3 is the deadline to hand deliver absentee ballots to Office of Election by 7:00 pm.

November 6 is the deadline for mailed absentee ballots to be received by Office of Elections by 12 pm. Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3. Click here for more info about absentee voting.

You can also vote in person at the polls on Election Day on November 3, 2020.