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Voter guide: Special election in Fairfax County, Virginia for house delegate

The seat was vacated after former Del. Mark Keam resigned in early September.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Early voting is officially underway for a special election being held in Fairfax County, Virginia. The election is for the currently vacant house seat for the 35th District in the state.

The seat was vacated after former Del. Mark Keam resigned in early September. The special election was called by the Speaker of the House of Delegates.

“While I have loved every moment of the past thirteen years as your state legislator, I have decided to continue my public service in another capacity,” Keam wrote in an email after his announcement. 

The special election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 with early voting beginning on Nov. 23 at the Office of Elections in the Fairfax County Government Center. 

Here is what you need to know before casting your ballot.

Candidates for Member House of Delegates, 35th District:

  • Democrat Holly M. Seibold
    • "I am a passionate leader with deep roots in our community, a life-long Democrat that has worked tirelessly to elect other Democrats, and I have extensive experience working with legislators on both sides of the aisle in Richmond to pass bills that have helped millions of people in Virginia," Seibold said. 
  • Republican Monique L. Baroudi
    • "I want safe schools, safe streets and safe neighborhoods. I want an education system that teaches our children how to think, not what to think. I want to lower the tax burden on working Virginians and create a pro-business environment where good, high paying jobs are created," Baroudi's campaign site states.

Who's eligible to vote:

The election will be held using the old boundaries for this district before redistricting. Only voters in 20 precincts are eligible to vote.

Voters can double check their precinct on the state’s online portal:

    • 204 Madison
    • 213 Vienna #1
    • 214 Vienna #2
    • 216 Vienna #4
    • 218 Vienna #6
    • 701 Blake
    • 704 Freedom Hill
    • 720 Thoreau
    • 726 Magarity
    • 727 Oakton
    • 729 Nottoway
    • 731 Tysons
    • 732 Oak Marr
    • 733 Kilmer
    • 734 Hunters Branch
    • 735 Rotonda
    • 802 Cedar Lake
    • 844 Centerpointe
    • 856 Penderbrook
    • 857 Island Pond

Early Voting Locations:

People can cast their ballots early at the Office of Elections in the Fairfax County Government Center on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Early voting is also offered on two Saturdays at the Providence Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 7.

Voting will not be offered on the following county holidays:

  • Thanksgiving: Thursday to Friday, Nov. 24–25
  • Christmas: Friday, Dec. 23, after noon and Monday, Dec. 26
  • New Year’s: Monday, Jan. 2

The last day to vote early is Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m.

Voting by Mail:

Ballots will be mailed out to voters who requested to permanently vote by mail starting on Nov. 23.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, voters must apply by Dec. 30 on the state’s online portal or at the Fairfax County Office of Elections.

Ballots can be returned by hand delivering to the Office of Elections or put it in the 24/7, secure drop box outside the Fairfax County Government Center. If returned by mail, ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 10 and received by the Office of Elections by noon on Jan. 13.

For more information or questions, contact the Office of Elections by email or call 703-222-0776, TTY 711, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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