Election officials in Fairfax County, Fairfax City and the city of Falls Church said they are expecting long lines on Tuesday, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Officials urge voters to consider going to the polls midmorning or midafternoon if possible.

County election officials said that based on registration, turnout could exceed the presidential election in 2000. Many people vote in presidential contests who do not vote in other years. This could lead to confusion among voters about where they should cast their ballots, election officials said.

They advise voters to confirm their registration and polling place before Tuesday.

* To find out where to vote, go to www.sbe.state.va.us/VotReg/Polling_Place/Polling_Place_Lookup_request.htm.

* To view a map and description of your precinct, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/eb/precincts.htm.

* To find a list of candidates, a sample ballot and information about bond issues and state constitutional amendments, go to www.co.fairfax.va.us/gov/eb/upcoming.htm.

* On Tuesday, poll workers will be using electronic look-up devices to find the correct polling places for voters unsure if they are in the right location [Story, Page 3].

* For more information on voter registration, voting locations, absentee ballots or precincts, contact the electoral board, 703-324-4735, TTY 711, or the general registrar, 703-222-0776, TTY 711.

* Time is running out for people planning to vote by absentee ballot.

Today is the deadline for county election officials to receive absentee ballot applications for voting by mail.

Saturday is the final day for in-person absentee voting at one of eight government centers in the county.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the electoral board no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters cannot return a completed absentee ballot to their polling place on Tuesday.

* For more information on absentee voting, go to www.co.fairfax.va.us/gov/eb/absentee.htm.