A Quick Guide to Voting as a Mason Student

Updated 2/3/2020:

2020 Democratic Primary Election:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (Super Tuesday)

To elect the Democratic candidate for President of the United States

Virginia Voter Registration Guidelines

Click here to download a “Pocket Guide for Voters” from the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Click here for more information on absentee voting.

Click here to access voter forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean.

FIRST STEP: Register to Vote. Verify.

If you need to register:

Qualifications for voter registration: US Citizen, resident of Virginia, and 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020 (born on or before November 3, 2002).

Students living on the Mason campus: You may register to vote from your campus address and provide your resident hall name. You will need to change this voting address when you move. ONLY students registered at a campus address may vote at the University Precinct located at Merten Hall on the Mason campus. All other Mason students and faculty must vote at their registered home precincts.

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020 by mail or in person, or online at vote.virginia.gov by 11:59 pm, Monday, February 10th.

Required Photo ID: Photo ID is required to vote, your George Mason Student Photo ID is welcomed on Election Day.

Online: You may submit your registration and absentee ballot requests online only, if you have a Virginia DMV record:

  • If you have a Virginia driver’s license, you can register online. Go to: vote.virginia.gov and click the “Register” button. It takes about 2 minutes to register online, if you have your Virginia driver’s license number. The last day to register online to be eligible to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary is Monday, February 10th by mail or in person, or online by 11:59pm on Monday, February 10th.
  • If you don’t have a Virginia driver’s license, go to vote.virginia.gov to fill in the registration form, print it, sign it, and send it to the Department of Elections by mail. Your form must be postmarked by March 3, 2020.

NOTE for on-campus students: Use your HUB mailing address at 4450 Rivanna River Way, PMB #, Fairfax, VA 22030 as your residence address, however, number 4 question of the voter registration form must include the residence hall with your room number in the fillable area, when filling out the form. This will allow you to vote at on-campus at Merten Hall for the Presidential Election.

If you have already registered in Virginia:

Check your registration to see that it is current, find your polling location or update your registration online at vote.virginia.gov before February 10, 2020.

SECOND STEP: Vote! (Don’t forget your photo ID)

On-Campus Students

Mason has its own polling station for on-campus residents only so you don’t have to leave campus!

Vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020 at Merten Hall (next to Panda Express).

Polls are open 6:00am thru 7:00pm.

Bring your George Mason University student ID. Only students who register with their on-campus/HUB mailroom address can vote at Merten Hall. All other Fairfax County registered voters must vote at their home precincts. All other Virginia registered voters outside of Fairfax County may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their residence.

Off-Campus Students

Living In Fairfax County (NOTE: Mason is located in Fairfax County):

VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY: If you are a commuter and want to vote on Election Day, go to your designated polling station between 6:00am and 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Find your polling station at vote.virginia.gov.

VOTE BY MAIL (ABSENTEE): We here at Mason Votes can think of only one reason to vote by mail – and that is if you are unable to leave your residence or will be out of the county on Election Day. Otherwise, everyone’s ballot is the same, regardless of your county of residence. Some students say they are “from” another state. But if you sleep at night in Virginia, then you qualify to vote in Virginia. Update your registration with your Virginia address so you can vote conveniently. Don’t forget to change your voter registration when you move at vote.virginia.gov!

VOTE ABSENTEE: Since Election Day is on a Tuesday, there are many reasons to vote absentee if you qualify. Learn more: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee

IN-PERSON ABSENTEE: You can vote in-person absentee during regular hours from January 17, 2020 through February 28, 2020. Absentee voting during regular hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; Thursday: 8:00am to 7:00pm; or Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. (There is no in-person absentee voting on Monday, February 17th due to the Presidents Day holiday).

Vote early in person at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 2/3.

Take advantage of Extended Hours from February 24th through February 28th (weekdays only) from 8:00am-7:00pm.

Or vote at any of these 12 satellite locations on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. February 24th through February 28th, and two Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (February 22nd and February 29th). More info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections

  • Providence Community Center – 3001 Vaden Dr., Fairfax, 22031
  • Franconia Governmental Center – 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, 22310
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library – 768 Center St., Herndon, 20170
  • McLean Governmental Center – 1437 Balls Hill Rd., Community Room, McLean, 22101
  • North County Governmental Center – 1801 Cameron Glen Dr., Community Rooms, Reston, 20190
  • West Springfield Governmental Center – 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield, 22152
  • Mason Governmental Center – 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003
  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center – 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, 22306
  • Sully District Governmental Center – 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, 20151
  • Lorton Library – 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, 22079

Two additional locations, Saturdays only: February 22nd and February 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Great Falls Library – 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls 22066
  • Tysons Pimmit Library – 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 22043

Off-campus Fairfax residents might qualify for in-person absentee if they expect to leave the county for any reason on November 5th, including appointments, visits, vacations using Reason 1D. For a complete listing of qualifying reasons, go to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee

Living Outside Fairfax County (NOTE: Mason is located in Fairfax County):

Students qualify to vote early using Reason 1A, as they attend the Fairfax campus of GMU, but reside outside of Fairfax County.

Find out your early voting locations and times by going to your City/County’s website:

  • City of Fairfax: http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/voter-registration/absentee-voting
  • City of Alexandria: http://www.alexandriava.gov/elections/info/default.aspx?id=1720
  • City of Falls Church: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/138/Absentee-Voting
  • Arlington County: http://vote.arlingtonva.us/absentee
  • Prince Williams County: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/vote/Pages/Absentee-Voting.aspx
  • Stafford County: http://www.stafford.va.us/index.aspx?nid=1282
  • Loudon County: http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=188
  • Spotsylvania County: spotsylvania.va.us
  • Fauquier County: http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/Government/Departments/registrar/index.cfm?action=absenteevoting

Absentee Voting in Person

If you live in Fairfax County, you may not be able to vote absentee for school only. Mason is located in Fairfax County. Learn more at vote.virginia.gov.

Absentee Voting by Mail

For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on Absentee Voting, visit: elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html

Qualifications: Registered voters in Virginia, away from your city or county of residence on Election Day, March 3, 2020. Mason students living off campus in Fairfax County do not qualify to vote absentee, George Mason University is located in Fairfax County. Students living outside of the county may vote absentee.

Deadline: Applications must be received at the Office of Elections now, through 5:00pm on February 25th. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day, March 3, 2020 at 7:00pm. Last day to vote absentee in person will be Saturday, February 29, 2020. Absentee ballot requests take time to process, request as soon as possible to ensure receipt in time to mark your ballot and return by 7:00pm on March 3, 2020.

Can You Vote by Absentee Ballot?

Students with a permanent residence address within Virginia but outside Fairfax County: Yes! Vote absentee from your home address using the Absentee Ballot Application (reason 1A). Send the application to your city or county of residence. Ballot requests are accepted from NOW until February 25th at 5:00pm.

Students living off campus at a Fairfax County address: Register to vote at your Fairfax County residence address. On Election Day you will be voting at the polling location assigned to your residence address, NOT at the University polling location on Mason campus.

Students registered to vote at a Mason campus address: Yes! If you will be away on Election Day.

Students with a voter registration outside of Virginia: Not eligible, please vote in your home state. Check online for your states’ absentee ballot request form.


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