Important Things to Know in Preparation for the 2020 November Election

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Provided by Prince William County

As Prince William County residents prepare to vote in the November election, the County Office of Elections wants to share important facts with the public.

Registering to Vote

In order to register to vote in Virginia, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a Virginia resident. If you meet these criteria, you may submit a voter registration application using the Virginia Department of Elections site:

  • You may register online.
  • You may download the registration application, complete it, and mail or hand-deliver it to the Prince William County Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110.

Please note that the last day to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 13. All applications submitted online, mailed or hand-delivered must be received by this date.

Once you are registered to vote, you may cast a ballot in the November election one of three ways: by mail, early in-person or on Election Day.

Voting by Mail

If you would like to vote by mail, you must complete the application form. Once you complete the application, you may return it to the Prince William County Office of Elections one of four ways:

  • Email it to AbsenteeVoting@pwcgov.org.
  • Fax it to 703.792.6461.
  • Mail or hand-deliver it to the Prince William County Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110.

The County Office of Elections must receive your vote by mail application by Oct. 23. Once the office receives and processes your application, the staff will mail you a mail-in ballot.

As soon as you receive your mail-in ballot, please carefully follow the enclosed instructions, complete it and return it to the County Office of Elections.

Early In-person Voting

If you would like to cast your ballot in-person, but not have to worry about potentially waiting in long lines on Election Day, you may vote early in-person. Anyone registered to vote may cast their ballot early in-person. There is no separate application required to vote early in-person.

A list of locations with date and time details is provided below. Simply go to the location of your choice to cast your ballot. You do not need an appointment. All that is required is to show voter identification.

The time frame for early in-person voting is Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. 

Details for Voting Early In-person Sept. 18 to Oct. 17

  • Days and Times
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Locations
    • Haymarket Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 20169
    • Prince William County Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110
    • DMV Woodbridge, 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge 22191

Details for Voting Early In-person Oct. 18 to Oct. 31

  • Days and Times
    • Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Locations
    • Haymarket Gainesville Library, 14870 Lightner Road, Haymarket, VA 20169
    • Prince William County Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1, Manassas, VA 20110
    • DMV Woodbridge, 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge 22191
    • McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex, Woodbridge, VA 22192
    • AJ Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
    • Piney Branch Elementary School, 8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136
    • Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School, 13833 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112
    • Dumfries Town Hall, 17739 Main Street, Suite 200, Dumfries, VA 22026

Voting on Election Day

If you would like to cast your ballot the traditional way, by going to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are unsure where to vote, you can visit the County’s polling locations page to see where you are assigned to vote, based on where you live. You will have to show voter identification.

You may vote curbside from the comfort of your vehicle or by going into the polling location. Please know that the Office of Elections is putting measures in place to ensure residents’ safety as individuals head to the polls to vote on Nov. 3.

Voter Identification

Please note that, as stated above, whether you vote in-person early or on Election Day, all voters casting a ballot in-person must show one form of identification. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification may instead sign a statement, subject to felony penalties, that (s)he is the named registered voter who (s)he claims to be. Any voter who does not present acceptable identification and does not sign this statement must vote a provisional ballot.

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