For the first time, voters in the Fairfax County portions of the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts who plan to be away on election day, Nov. 7, will not have to go to the main registrar's office in Fairfax City to cast their absentee ballots.

Starting Oct. 9, absentee ballots may be cast at two new satellite locations. The 8th District satellite office is at the Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Rd. The 10th District location is at the McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd. Both satellite offices will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, except for Thursdays, when they will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Absentee ballots may also be cast, starting tomorrow, at the main registrar's office, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All three locations will be open to receive absentee ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, according to Melvin C. Rappleyea Sr., secretary to the Fairfax County Electoral Board.

He said establishment of the satellite locations is the result of emergency legislation for this election passed unanimously by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors on Monday and approved by the State Electoral Board and the state attorney general's office and the U.S. Justice Department.

The new satellite locations are only for voters who live in Fairfax County portions of the 8th and 10th districts. The 8th Districts also includes Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County and northern Stafford County in addition to southern Fairfax County. The 10th District includes Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax City, Loudoun County and northern Fairfax County.