Editorial: Be Prepared: What's on the Ballot?

Editorial: Be Prepared: What's on the Ballot?

— Early voting (technically voting absentee-in-person) is already underway in Virginia, so you can go out and vote this week.

Every voter in Virginia will vote for U.S senator and member in the U.S. House of Representatives, in addition to President of the United States and two constitutional questions.

Two constitutional questions will appear on all Virginia ballots, one about the use of eminent domain and one about the timing of a particular session of the General Assembly to consider overriding vetoes by the governor of legislation that was passed by the assembly. See http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/webdocs/201211ConstitutionalAmendmentsPoster.pdf.

In Arlington, voters will choose one member of the County Board and one member of the School Board. Both Arlington boards are made up entirely of at-large members, so both races will appear on all Arlington ballots.

Incumbent Libby Garvey (D) will face Matthew A. Wavro (R) and Audrey R. Clement (I) for the seat on the County Board.

For School Board, Incumbent Emma N. Violand-Sanchez will face Noah L. Simon.

Arlington voters will also decide yes or no on four bond questions, whether to authorize raising $32 million for public schools, $28 million for community infrastructure, $50 million for local parks and recreation, and $32 million for Metro and transportation. http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/voterregistration/forms/Bonds2012ENG.pdf

Last Week to Register to Vote

To vote on Election Day, you must be registered at your current address no later than Oct. 15, 2012. Registered voters should have received a new voter card in the mail by now. You can check your registration status online by visiting the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov. There you can also download a voter registration form and mail or fax it to your elections office address.

Arlington Board of Elections, 703-228-3456, http://www.arling..., 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 320, Arlington, 22201; FAX 703-228-3659; email voters@arlingtonv...

State Board of Elections, 804-864-8901 Toll Free: 800-552-9745 FAX: 804-371-0194

email: info@sbe.virginia...


Serve as Election Officer

Election Officers work at the polls on Election Day to ensure elections are run in an honest and well-organized manner. Election officers are paid $100 - $200 for the day depending on assignment and locality. Election Day begins by showing up at an assigned polling place before 5 a.m. and remaining on the job until all votes are tallied after the polling places close at 7 p.m.

Requirements to serve as an election officer include: being registered to vote in Virginia; not holding elected office and not being an employee of an elected official; enjoying meeting other people and serving the public; being detail-oriented, able to take direction well and not easily distracted. Election officers must attend training before Election Day. Many officers are assigned to their "home" precinct or a nearby precinct or asked to work in the absentee precinct.

Fairfax County needs 3,000 election officers in its 239 precincts for Election Day. Call 703-324-4735.

Arlington County will need 900 election officers in its 52 precincts on Nov. 6. To apply, visit https://sites.goo...

The City of Alexandria needs 500 election officers to serve at its 27 precincts. Call 703-746-4050.