A Quick Guide to Voting as a Mason Student

Updated 8/4/2020:

2020 General and Special Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

To elect the President, Vice-President, Member of U.S. Senate, Member of U.S. House of Representatives (8th, 10th and 11th Congressional districts), proposed constitutional amendments, proposed bond questions, and Town of Herndon General Election for Town of Herndon residents only.


Virginia Voter Registration Guidelines

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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’s Fairfax campus: You may register to vote from your campus address and provide your current resident hall name and dorm number. You will need to change this voting address when you move.

ONLY students registered at their current campus address (Hub PMB# + dorm number + residence hall name) may vote at the University Precinct located at Merten Hall on the Fairfax campus. All other Mason students and faculty must vote at their registered home precincts, either inside the county, within the Commonwealth or your home state.

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is the deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration. Learn more: elections.virginia.gov/registration

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: elections.virginia.gov and use the secured, citizen’s portal. It takes about 2 minutes to register online, you will need your Virginia driver’s license number. The last day to register or update your registration to be eligible to vote in the November 3 General and Special Elections is October 13 postmarked by mail or in person by 5:00 pm, or online by 11:59pm.
  • If you don’t have a Virginia driver’s license, go to elections.virginia.gov to fill in the registration form, print it, sign it, and send it to the Department of Elections by mail. Your registration form must be postmarked by Oct. 13, 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. Only on-campus residents will be allowed to vote at on-campus, at Merten Hall, for any election while residing on campus.

If you have already registered in Virginia:

Check your registration and confirm that you are registered at your current address, find your polling location or update your registration online at elections.virginia.gov before Oct. 13, 2020.



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 November General and Special Elections on November 3, 2020 at Merten Hall (next to Panda Express).

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

NEW: Photo ID is NOT necessary to vote; your George Mason University Student Photo ID is welcomed on Election Day. If you do not have a valid ID, you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying your identification.

Only students who register with their on-campus/Hub mail room address (residence hall AND room number) 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 or other location.

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 student and want to vote on Election Day, go to your designated polling station (your residence) between 6:00am and 7:00pm on Nov. 3, 2020. Find your polling station at: elections.virginia.gov.

VOTE BY MAIL (ABSENTEE): 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. Do not forget to change your voter registration when you move at elections.virignia.gov!

VOTE ABSENTEE: Beginning July 1, 2020, you do not need an excuse to vote absentee in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Request an absentee ballot securely online: elections.virginia.gov. Learn more: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee.

IN-PERSON ABSENTEE: In-person absentee voting begins September 18 through October 31 at the Fairfax County Government Center during normal business hours.

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

Take advantage of Extended Hours beginning October 14 through October 30, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Or vote at any of these 15 satellite locations on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and three Saturdays at all 15 locations: October 17, 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections

  • Centreville Regional Library – 14200 Saint Germain Drive, Centreville, VA 20121
  • Fairfax County Government Center – 12000 Government Ctr Pkwy, Fairfax, 22035
  • Franconia Governmental Center – 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, 22310
  • Great Falls Library – 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 22066
  • Herndon Fortnightly Library – 768 Center Street, Herndon, 20170
  • Laurel Hill Golf Club – 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, 22079
  • Mason Governmental Center – 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003
  • McLean Governmental Center – 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, 22101
  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center – 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, 22306
  • North County Governmental Center – 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, 20190
  • Providence Community Center – 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, 22031
  • Sully Governmental Center – 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, 20151
  • Thomas Jefferson Library – 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, 22043
  • Tysons Pimmit Library – 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 22043
  • West Springfield Governmental Center – 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, 22152

If you live outside Fairfax County (NOTE: Mason is located in 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 by Mail

NEW: Beginning July 1, 2020, you do not need an excuse to vote absentee in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Request an absentee ballot securely online: elections.virginia.gov.

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

Qualifications: As of July 1, 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia has no excuse absentee voting.

Deadline: Virginia Vote by Mail Absentee Applications must be received at the Office of Elections now through 5:00 p.m. on October 23. Voted ballots must be returned in person on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020 and received in our office by Friday, November 6, at noon. Last day to vote absentee in person will be Saturday, Oct. 31 by 5 p.m. Absentee ballot requests take time to process, so submit your request as soon as possible to ensure receipt in time to mark your ballot and return by deadline. Due to Covid-19 concerns, postal services may be delayed, consider mailing early.

Can I 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 Virginia Vote by Mail Application Form. Send the application to your city or county of residence. Ballot requests are accepted from NOW until October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

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! No reason is necessary as of July 1, 2020.

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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