Editorial: Election Day in Fairfax County, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Editorial: Election Day in Fairfax County, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

On Election Day, polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 6.

Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018; early voting starts Sept. 21.

Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018; early voting starts Sept. 21.

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. 6, 2018, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. (General Election)

  • Register/update address by: Monday, Oct. 15.
  • Request absentee ballot by mail by: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • Vote early, in-person absentee, by appearing in person by 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

For more information on voting in Fairfax County:

Fairfax County Office of Elections

12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323

Fairfax, VA, 22035

Voter Registration: 703-222-0776, TTY 711

Absentee Fax: 703-324-3725

Email: voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

Election Officer Info: 703-324-4735, TTY 711

For 24-hour recorded information call 703-324-4700


Fairfax County, Nov. 6, 2018


Corey A. Stewart (R)

Timothy M. Kaine (D)

Matt J. Waters (L)


District 8

Thomas S. Oh (R)

Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D)

District 10

Barbara J. Comstock (R)

Jennifer T. Wexton (D)

District 11

Jeff A. Dove Jr. (R)

Gerald Edward Connolly (D)

Stevan M. Porter (L)

Herndon, Mayor and Town Council

If you live inside the Town of Herndon, local elections for mayor and Town Council are now in November. These are nonpartisan positions.



Lisa C. Merkel, unopposed

Town Council, vote for six, * means incumbent

Jennifer K. Baker *

Grace Wolf Cunningham *

Cesar A. Del Aguila

Pradip Dhakal

Signe V. Friedrichs *

W. J. “Sean” Kenis Jr.

William “Bill” J. McKenna *

Sheila A. Olem *

Joseph T. “Joe” Plummer

Roland Taylor


TEXT: Shall Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $182,000,000 to provide funds, in addition to funds from public safety facilities bonds previously authorized, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the costs of public safety facilities, including the construction, reconstruction, enlargement, renovation and equipment of civil and criminal justice facilities, police training and operational facilities and stations, fire and rescue training facilities and stations, including fire and rescue stations owned by volunteer organizations, and the acquisition of necessary land?

$73 million would be earmarked for improvements to four fire stations — Mount Vernon ($16 million), Fairview ($16 million), Gunston ($13 million), and Seven Corners ($13 million) — that are all 37 years or older. An additional $15 million would be used to improve one of the eight volunteer stations that is more than 40 years old.

The Fairfax County Police Department would receive $59 million: $18 million to renovate and expand the Mason District Station which was built in 1975; $18 million to renovate and upgrade its Criminal Justice Academy, and $18 million to renovate, expand or replace the Police Evidence Storage Building used to store evidence for court cases, and also houses the warrant desk and the victim services section.

The Adult Detention Center needs $45 million of improvements to three wings, including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, elevator and fire protection systems as well as security and camera equipment. $5 million would be used to improve the Jennings Judicial Center.


State Ballot Question One

Question: Should a county, city, or town be authorized to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property?

State Ballot Question Two

Question: Shall the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be amended to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different primary residence and still claim the exemption?

How To Vote

Every year is election year in Virginia; early voting begins Sept. 21.

So many local elections, and critical policy that follows, have been decided by so few votes, no one can reasonably say that their one single vote does not matter.

Just one example: Control of the entire Virginia General Assembly came down to a single delegate race which was so close, it was declared a tie after a recount. It was awarded to the Republican by literally pulling a name out of hat.

Vote. Vote early if you qualify. Vote Nov. 6 if you haven’t already voted by then. Make a plan.

First, be sure you are registered. Oct. 15 is the deadline to register, and to check your registration. Many voters across the country have discovered that they have been unexpectedly dropped from the voter rolls, so be sure to check at elections.virginia.gov

Absentee Voting in Person Begins Sept. 21

Voting early if you qualify is a good choice.

There are 20 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: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.htmll

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.

If you vote absentee in-person you will fill out the application when you arrive at the in-person absentee location.

Early Voting Locations, Dates and Hours

Scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 3 at the government center, and Oct. 13-Nov. 3 at the satellite locations.

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Room 2/3, Fairfax, VA, 22035

Sept. 21-Oct. 12

Closed Monday, Oct. 8, Columbus Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 15-Nov. 3

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All Satellite Locations:

Oct. 13 - Nov. 3

Weekdays: Monday thru Friday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays: Closed

  • Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079
  • Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
  • McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101
  • Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190
  • Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151
  • West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Absentee Voting By Mail

To track the status of your absentee ballot application and ballot, you can view your Virginia Voter Record, https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, by fax, or by email is seven days prior to Election Day by 5 p.m.

You can apply for your absentee ballot online, https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Or print, complete, and sign the absentee ballot application, https://www.elections.virginia.gov/Files/Forms/VoterForms/VirginiaAbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf

Absentee ballot applications are also available for in-person visits at county governmental centers as well as Fairfax County library branches.

Send in the completed application: Scan then email the application to absenteeballot@fairfaxcounty.gov or mail the application to the Office of Elections at Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038 or Fax the application to the Office of Elections at 703-324-3725

Once your completed application is received and accepted, your absentee ballot will be sent to you in three business days. If you have questions about your ballot, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).

Absentee ballots must be returned to the Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018 in order to be counted,

Virginia Voter ID

You must show identification to vote. Acceptable forms of valid identification: Virginia driver’s license, Virginia DMV-issued photo ID, United States passport, Employer-issued photo ID, Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia, Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID, Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID, or Virginia Voter Photo ID card

Need a Photo ID?

If you don’t have an ID, go to your voter registration office to get a free Voter Photo ID, even on Election Day. You will be required to complete an photo ID application, have your photo taken and to sign a digital signature pad.

Forgot your photo ID on Election Day?

If you get to your polling place without acceptable photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count.

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, or through the mail or commercial delivery service. 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 can be provided to the electoral board for the identification requirement.

Upcoming Events to Register and Get Voter ID

The Office of Elections is open daily during normal business hours to provide residents the opportunity to register to vote or obtain a free voter photo ID if needed. 703-222-0776, 12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035

The following special events will also provide opportunity to register to vote and/or get your photo Virginia Voter card.

• Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greenspring Retirement Community, 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, 22150

• Monday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 South Jefferson Street, Falls Church, 22041

• Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Burke Health and Rehab Center, 9640 Burke Lake Road, Burke, 22015

• Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace St #1, Herndon, 20170

• Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lewinsville Retirement Residence, 1515 Great Falls Street, McLean 22101

• Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Leewood Healthcare Center, 7120 Braddock Road, Annandale, 22003

• Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

Alexandria, 22306

• Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Arleigh Burke Pavilion at Vinson Hall Retirement Community, 1739 Kirby Road, McLean, 22101