Editorial: Don’t Let Negatives Keep You From Voting

Editorial: Don’t Let Negatives Keep You From Voting

Choices are stark; think about what principles should guide governance in Virginia for the next four years.

Every Virginia voter will have the option to cast a ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and their member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

While much of the coverage and advertising at the top of the ticket has been negative in the extreme, it will still matter who is governor. Don’t turn up your nose, hold your nose if necessary, and go vote. You can vote on Nov. 5; most likely you can vote before that.

Voter Identification

Virginia’s existing voter ID requirements will change in July 2014. A law requiring photo identification at the polls was signed into law in May 2013. This new photo identification requirement will not to take effect until July 1, 2014. The current law allows for the acceptance of all identification documents listed here.

When you arrive at your polling place, a voting official will verify that your name is on the registration list. Voters will be asked to present one valid form of identification. It can be any of the following: Virginia voter registration card; Virginia driver's license; military ID; any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID; employer issued photo ID card; concealed handgun permit; valid Virginia student ID; current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter; Social Security card.

On the Ballot 2013

Check what is on your ballot at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/


Terry R. McAuliffe (D) www.terrymcauliffe.com

Ken T. Cuccinelli (R) www.cuccinelli.com

Robert C. Sarvis (L) www.robertsarvis.com


Ralph S. Northam (D) www.northamforlg.com

E.W. Jackson (R) www.jacksonforlg.com


Mark R. Herring (D) www.herringforag.com

Mark D. Obenshain (R) www.markobenshain.com

House of Delegates 2013 Elections

District 34 — Democrat Kathleen Murphy challenges Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock.

District 35 — Republican Leiann Leppin challenges Democratic incumbent Mark Keam

District 36 — Democratic incumbent Ken Plum unopposed

District 37 — Republican Patrice Winter challenges Democratic incumbent David Bulova

District 38 — Jim Leslie challenges Democratic incumbent Kaye Kory

District 39 — Republican Joe Bury challenges Democratic incumbent Vivian Watts

District 40 — Democrat Jerrold Foltz challenges Republican incumbent Tim Hugo.

District 41 — Republican Fredy Burgos and Independent Christopher DeCarolo challenge Democratic incumbent Eileen Filler-Corn

District 42 — Democrat Ed Deitsch challenges Republican incumbent Dave Albo

District 43 — Glenda Gail Parker (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Mark Sickles

District 44 — Joe Glean (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Scott Surovell

District 45 — Jeff Engle (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Rob Krupicka

District 46 — Democratic incumbent Charniele Herring is unopposed

District 47 — Laura Delhomme (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Patrick Hope

District 48 — Lindsey Bolton (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Bob Brink

District 49 — Terry Modglin (I) challenges Democratic incumbent Alfonso Lopez

District 53 — Democrat Marcus Simon faces Brad Tidwell (R) and Anothy Tellez (L) to replace retiring Del. Jim Scott (D)

District 67 — Democrat Hung Nguyen challenges Republican incumbent Jim Lemunyon

District 86 — Democrat Jennifer Boysko challenges Republican incumbent Tom Rust

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Special Election

Stacey Ann Kincaid (D) www.Staceykincaid.com

Bryan A. “B.A.” Wolfe (R) http://www.wolfeforsheriff.com/

Christopher F. DeCarlo (I) www.honestlyandethics.com

Robert A. Rivera (I)

School Bond Referendum

Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote YES or NO on the $250 million school bond question in the general election. The schools plan to use the money to:

  • Build two new elementary schools, one in the Richmond Highway area and one in the Bailey's area

  • Help renovate 22 schools including 17 elementary schools, two middle schools (Thoreau and Rocky Run) and three high schools (Langley, Herndon and Oakton)

  • Buy land for the South West County High School

  • Enhance the capacity of Westbriar Elementary and South Lakes High School

  • Replace or improve infrastructure, such as roofs, major mechanical systems and parking lots.

See http://www.fcps.edu/news/bond13.shtml for more details.

Vote Now

From now until Saturday, Nov. 2, you can vote absentee in person for a variety of reasons, but you must sign a form affirming that you do qualify. Almost everyone with a job in Northern Virginia qualifies for one particular reason, however: your work plus commute time would be 11 hours or more between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Other reasons include planned travel, pregnancy, illness or disability, being a student out of area and more. Voters can also vote absentee by mail.

It’s worth looking at the absentee ballot application online before going to vote absentee in person: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Forms/VoterForms/ABApplication.pdf.

In Fairfax County, you can vote at Fairfax County Governmental Center or any one of seven “satellite” voting locations.

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Saturdays: Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday-Friday, Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

The satellite locations in Fairfax County are also open for absentee in person voting; Saturdays: Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday-Friday: Beginning Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 3:30-7 p.m.

  • Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310

  • Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, VA 22101

  • North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190

  • West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

  • Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003

  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306

  • Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151

For more on voting absentee in Fairfax County, call 703-222-0776 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee.htm.

In Arlington County, in-person absentee voting: Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 1; Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday. Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 29; 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on voting absentee-in-person in Arlington County, visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/voterregistration/voterregistrationabsenteevoting.aspx.

In the City of Alexandria, Office of Voter Registration & Elections, 132 North Royal Street, Suite 100.

In-person absentee voting at the Voter Registration Office runs through Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., (closed on Monday, Oct. 14).

Extended hours at the Voter Registration Office:

Oct. 15 and 16, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Oct. 21, 22 and 23 , 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 28, 29, 30 and 31, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, beginning Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 28, 29, 30 and 31, noon-8 p.m.; Nov. 1, noon-6 p.m., and Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on absentee voting in Alexandria, visit http://alexandriava.gov/elections/info/default.aspx?id=1720.


State Board of Elections, 804-864-8901, Toll Free: 800-552-9745, FAX: 804-371-0194, email: info@sbe.virginia.gov, http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Index.html

Alexandria Board of Elections, 703-746-4050, http://alexandriava.gov/Elections, 132 North Royal Street, Alexandria, 22314; FAX 703-838-6449; email tom.parkins@alexandriava.gov

Fairfax County Board of Elections, 703-222-0776, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Suite 232, Fairfax, 22035; FAX 703-324-2205; email voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

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

City of Fairfax General Registrar, 703-385-7890, http://www.fairfaxva.gov/Registrar/GeneralRegistrar.asp, 10455 Armstrong Street, Sisson House, Fairfax, 22030; FAX 703-591-8364; email kevin.linehan@fairfaxva.gov.