Editorial: Vote

Editorial: Vote

It will matter who is elected governor.

Register to Vote

To vote on Election Day, you must be registered at your current address no later than Oct. 15, 2013. You can check your registration status online by visiting the State Board of Elections website at http://www.sbe.virg…">www.sbe.virginia.gov. There you can also download a voter registration form and mail or fax it to your elections office address.

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

Fairfax County Board of Elections, 703-222-0776, http://www.fairfaxc…">www.fairfaxcounty.g…, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Suite 232, Fairfax, 22035; FAX 703-324-2205; email http://voting@fairf…">voting@fairfaxcount…

Arlington Board of Elections, 703-228-3456, http://www.arlingto…">http://www.arlingto…, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320, Arlington, 22201; FAX 703-228-3659; email http://voters@arlin…">voters@arlingtonva.…

City of Fairfax General Registrar, 703-385-7890, http://www.fairfaxv…">http://www.fairfaxv…, 10455 Armstrong Street, Sisson House, Fairfax, 22030; FAX 703-591-8364; email http://kevin.lineha…">kevin.linehan@fairf…

State Board of Elections, 804-864-8901 Toll Free: 800-552-9745 FAX: 804-371-0194, email: http://info@sbe.vir…">info@sbe.virginia.g…, http://www.sbe.virg…">http://www.sbe.virg…

Absentee voting has already begun; Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. If you’ve read this far, you care enough that voting is absolutely essential.

On the ballot:

Every Virginia voter will vote for governor; lieutenant governor; attorney general and their member of the House of Delegates.

At the top of the ticket, there are stark differences in the vision for Virginia held by the candidates of each party.

While almost all the coverage and advertising has focused on the significant negatives of the two major party candidates for governor, one of these two men will in fact be elected governor and serve as governor for the next four years. It will make a huge difference which one.

It shouldn’t take very much research for you to determine which candidate holds views closer to your own. What is critical is that you don’t let the negatives about personality or other details keep you from voting. It matters. Figure out which one is your candidate and get out and vote.

Also on the ballot in Fairfax County: sheriff, and the school bond.

Gubernatorial Debate

Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe will focus on the economy and other issues facing businesses in Northern Virginia, and will be aired live on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 7-8 p.m. on NBC4. Hosted by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce at Capital One in McLean.

Choose Your Own Election Day

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.

If you live in Fairfax County, you can vote at Fairfax County Governmental Center or any one of seven “satellite” voting locations. If you have not been to the government center, it’s worth having a look.

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

Saturdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, until Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursdays: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14

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: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, 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.