We are officially one week away from Election Day on Nov. 2nd. As of this writing, 15.72% of all registered voters in the 44th district have already turned out to cast their ballots -- making our district 4th in all of Fairfax County in early absentee voting.
We are fortunate to have two early voting precincts conveniently located right here in Mount Vernon, at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on Parkers Lane, and the Gerry Hyland Government Center on Richmond Highway. However, a Fairfax County voter can cast their ballot at any of the satellite voting locations across the county, regardless of where they live.
Hours of operation for all early voting locations on weekdays will be 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., except for the Fairfax County Government Center which operates from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30, all locations will operate from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If you have chosen to vote absentee by mail-in ballot, make sure to have your ballot completed, signed (don’t forget the witness signature), and postmarked by Nov. 2 (Election Day). Or, you may return it by ballot drop box at any satellite voting location or at your home voting precinct before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
If you would like to vote in person on Election Day, polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. If you are unsure of your polling location, visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/polling-place-lookup/. This site will also share what you can expect to see on your ballot on Election Day.
Should you encounter any problems at the polls, please remain at the poll and contact the Voter Protection Hotline for assistance at (844) 482-8683.
AS FOR WHO I am supporting this Election Day, I am proud to cast my vote to elect Terry McAuliffe as Governor, Hala Ayala as Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring as our Attorney General. During these unprecedented times, it is critical that we have experienced and proven leaders at the helm. While serving as our 72nd Governor, Terry McAuliffe led the way in restoration of rights, giving those who have served their time the right to vote again. Indeed, on the biggest threat facing the planet he has a proven track record of leading on climate change and advancing clean energy solutions. He was a stonewall against harmful legislation, exercising his veto powers. As our Attorney General, Mark Herring has served extremely well, defending affordable healthcare for Virginians before the Supreme Court twice. He has been a staunch supporter of equality and LGBTQ rights in Virginia. As Delegate, Hala Ayala has proven herself an effective leader during her time in the General Assembly. As a cybersecurity specialist at the Department of Homeland Security for 20 years, Hala worked to protect our nation’s information systems and prevent attacks on our national security. As our world becomes more and more digital and automated, it is crucial to ensure that our leaders not only understand the vulnerabilities of our systems, but also have the expertise to create solutions. Along with her unique experience in cybersecurity, Hala will be critical in her role as Lieutenant Governor, serving as a tie-breaker as President of the Senate to block harmful legislation or ensure that an important bill passes the Chamber. I trust these leaders to guide Virginia as we emerge and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue the historic progress we have made in the last two years in the General Assembly.