Wednesday, August 23, 2017
School Bonds on Ballot
There is a $315 million public school bonds referendum on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. If approved by voters, the Fairfax County Public Schools' current plans to use this bond money are to:
- Plan and/or construct two new elementary schools, one in Fairfax/Oakton area and another in the Northwest county area.
- Relocate one modular building
- Plan additions at three existing high schools to add capacity at Madison, Stuart and West Potomac.
- Plan and/or construct renovations of 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.
Aug. 29, 2017 Special Election, School Board At-Large
All county polling places will be open on Aug. 29 to fill a vacancy for member, School Board At-Large for the remainder of the present term of office which expires Dec. 31, 2019.
In-Person Absentee voting is underway until Aug. 26
- Aug 26: Final Day In-Person Absentee Voting
- Aug 29: Absentee Ballot Return Deadline, 7 p.m.
Four candidates are on the ballot:
Chris S. Grisafe
Sandra D. Allen
Karen A. Keys-Gamarra
Michael H. Owens
For more on the school board race, see www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/jul/31/low-turnout-high-stakes-special-election-school-bo/
General Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7
On Election Day Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 7.
To determine whether eligible and registered to vote in this election, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov/ or call Fairfax Elections office at 703-222-0776.
To vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. (General Election)
- Register/update address by: Monday, Oct. 16.
- Request absentee ballot by mail by: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
- Vote early (in-person absentee ballot by appearing in person by 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
For more information on voting in Fairfax County:
Voter Registration: 703-222-0776, TTY 711
Absentee Fax: 703-324-3725
Election Officer Info: 703-324-4735, TTY 711
ON THE BALLOT in Fairfax County:
Ralph S. Northam (D)
Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie (R)
Clifford D. Hyra (L)
Justin E. Fairfax (D)
Jill H. Vogel (R)
Mark R. Herring (D)*
John D. Adams (R)
House of Delegates (100) (2-year term)
Kathleen Murphy (D) incumbent
Cheryl Buford (R)
Mark Keam (D) incumbent, unopposed
Ken Plum (D) incumbent, unopposed
David Bulova (D) incumbent, unopposed
Kay Kory (D) incumbent
Paul Haring (R)
Vivian Watts (D) incumbent, unopposed
Donte Tanner (D)
Tim Hugo (R) incumbent
Eileen Filler-Corn (D) incumbent, unopposed
Kathy Tran (D)
Lolita Mancheno-Smoak (R)
Mark Sickles (D) incumbent, unopposed
Paul Krizek (D) incumbent, unopposed
Mark Levine (D) incumbent, unopposed
Charniele Herring (D) incumbent, unopposed
Patrick Hope (D) incumbent, unopposed
Rip Sullivan (D) incumbent, unopposed
Alfonso Lopez (D) incumbent
Adam Roosevelt (R)
Marcus Simon (D) incumbent
Mike Case (I)
Karrie Delaney (D)
Jim LeMunyon (R) incumbent
Jennifer Boysko (D) incumbent
Linda Schulz (R)
How To Vote
Every year is election year in Virginia; mechanics and details of voting require attention to detail.
Absentee Voting in Person in Fairfax County
Voting early if you qualify is a good choice.
There are 19 valid reasons to vote absentee in Virginia, including working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check the Virginia Department of Elections list to see if you are eligible: elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html
There are two ways to vote absentee, in-person and by mail. To do either, you should first check your voter registration status to make sure it is up-to-date. Then you will need to apply for an absentee ballot. Note: If you vote absentee in-person you will fill out the application when you arrive at the in-person absentee location (see locations below). Voting absentee by mail? Read below for the process of applying for your mail-in ballot.
You can now apply for an absentee ballot online with the state's new Citizen Portal. You will need your Social Security Number and information on your Virginia Driver's License to complete the application. Information is also provided on how to apply if you do not have a driver's license.
Virginia Voter ID
Virginia has voter identification requirements; plan to bring photo identification with you to vote, whether that is absentee or on Election Day.
Among accepted ID: valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card; valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card; valid U.S. Passport; other government-issued photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth; valid college or university student photo identification card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia; valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo; employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business.
Any registered voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification can apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth. Voters applying for the Virginia Voter Photo ID complete the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, have their picture taken, and sign the digital signature pad. Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter.
A voter who does not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot.
Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Identification
If you arrive at your polling place on Election Day without an acceptable form of photo identification, don’t panic or give up. You will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her identification so that his/her vote can be counted.
A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the identification to the local electoral board or to appear in person to apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card. Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. Please note that the copy of the ID must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday, or the provisional ballot cannot be counted.
Also by noon on Friday following the election, the voter may appear in-person in the office of the general registrar, in the locality in which the provisional ballot was cast, and apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card. At the completion of the application process, the voter may request a Temporary Identification Document. This document may be provided to the electoral board to suffice the identification requirement.