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Election 2012: Absentee Polls Open in McLean

Polls open at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dolley Madison Community Library.

Election Day officially is more than two weeks away, but some Fairfax County voters can go ahead and cast their votes now.

Registered voters who are unable to cast a ballot on Nov. 6 for various reasons have the option of submitting their vote as early as 2 p.m. Wednesday in McLean and other polling places throughout the county.

In-person absentee voting in McLean begins Oct. 17 and will run through Nov. 3. In-person absentee voting opened countywide at the Fairfax County Governmental Center on Sept. 21.

Voters have an option of voting at the Fairfax County Governmental Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, in Fairfax, or voting at one of seven satellite locations, including the Dolley Madison Community Library in McLean.

The satellite locations are open from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Voters can cast their ballots at the Government Center in Fairfax anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Board of Elections spells out several factors that determine if voters are eligible to submit absentee ballots, including women who are pregnant, those with religious obligations, voters who are traveling for work and those who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability. A full list of these is available online.

For more information about absentee voting, including absentee voting by mail and determining if you are eligible to vote absentee, visit the Fairfax County Board of Elections website.

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