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Our right to vote is one of the fundamental pillars of our nation’s democracy.  In this section, you will find the residency requirements and how to register to vote, where you actually go to vote and dates of important upcoming elections.  If you are not registered to vote where you live now or if you are still registered to vote at your previous residence, visit these sites, become a participant in the legislative process and make sure your vote is counted.

Voting in Virginia is governed by the United States Constitution, Federal Law, the Constitution of Virginia, and the Code of Virginia.  Virginia is also still subject to numerous court orders and U.S. Department of Justice oversight due to the history of racial discrimination in voting in Virginia. 

The State Board of Elections (SBE) was created in 1946 as a bipartisan agency responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Here you will find how to register to vote, your rights and responsibilities and other voter resources.

The Virginia State Board of Elections

Similar to the Commonwealth’s website, our local Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County Office of Elections is accessible online and can assist you with voter registration, finding your polling place, sample ballots, applications for absentee ballots and many other local election resources.

Fairfax County Office of Elections

Prince William County Office of Elections

Stafford County Office of Elections

Here are some additional links.  You should research Voter Registration and Absentee Voting requirements before submitting forms to ensure that they will be processed.

Verify Voter Registration Status 

Download Voter Registration Application

Fairfax County Polling Place Locations

Absentee Voting Information

Download Absentee Ballot Application