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Cast Your Election 2016 Vote in Reston Starting Saturday

by Karen Goff September 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm 13 Comments

Election Day/file photo

Absentee voting starts tomorrow in Reston.

More than half a million Fairfax County residents are expected to vote in the Nov. 8 election. During the last two presidential elections, there was an 80-percent turnout in Fairfax, and officials are expecting a similar turnout this year.

Officials said more than 1,800 people have voted in person at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax since absentee balloting began there Sept. 23. The county has also received 22,887 mailed absentee ballots.

Absentee voting will be available at the North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Dr. The next three Saturdays before moving to a weekday schedule.

Saturday Schedule (Nov. 5 is the last day to absentee vote in-person): October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekday Schedule Oct. 17 to Nov. 4: Monday – Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You can beat the crowds if you have one of the 19 reasons for an absentee ballot:

  • Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia
  • Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
  • Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day
  • Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day
  • I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day
  • I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, firefighter, emergency technician, search and rescue)
  • My disability or illness
    I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill
  • family member confined at home
  • My pregnancy
  • Confined, awaiting trial
  • Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor
  • An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • I have a religious obligation
  • Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
  • Spouse or dependent living with a member of Active Duty Merchant
  • Marine or Armed Forces
  • Temporarily residing outside of US
  • Temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee
  • Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place

See more information on the Fairfax County Elections website.

  • One really

    Don’t forget about the 20th one.
    “I am a Clinton supporter and I need to steal Trump signs from the neighborhood.”

    • Guest

      Sure, if he bought any. Easier to not put in the work and then blame the opposition.

      I’m sorry, that’s unfair. He might have some. After all, Trump’s proven business model is to place an order, take delivery, and never pay.

      • One Really

        What’s the opposition model.
        – Delete thousands of emails.
        – Claim we lost no American lives in Libya.
        – Zero business experience.
        – Attack women that have accuse her husband.
        – The list is long.

        “Easier to not put in the work and then blame the opposition.”
        Isn’t a that common theme of the entitlement needy.

      • Mike M

        Yes, Trump is a rascal. No question. Unfortunately, his primary opposition is a rascal AND a politician.

        • Guest

          Interesting dichotomy. Are you following the shepherd’s crook? Are you one of the crowd who proudly self-apply Clinton’s label for the segment of Trump supporters who openly celebrate mindless bigotry?

          I’ve met a few. A fearful, prideful lot, with little to envy.

  • Guest

    It’s the either-or choice you presented. You seem to be regretting it. Please don’t, you’re not stuck with the decision.

    As entertaining as it is to watch Trump self-destruct, I’d rather we had a charismatic, respectable, fiscally conservative (R) to follow, instead of Mr. all Fourth of July all the time. The Trump loss will encourage DNC to continue doing its homework and vetting well prepared politicians. They deserve a decent opponent.

    • Mike M

      The Trump loss will result in a doubling of the debt on dubious and extremely inefficient “infrastructure stimulus.” Wall Street will be thrilled, the tax code will become even more complex, the country will be even more divided along racial lines, and the fuse on a number of economic bubbles will start burning. Markets will become even more distorted. The DNC will be stronger and more arrogant and presumptuous than ever. If they had a respectable candidate the race would not be anywhere near as close as it is now.

      • Guest

        Your list would benefit from the truth, too.

        The Trump loss will result in a doubling of the debt on dubious and extremely inefficient “infrastructure stimulus.”

        Clinton’s economic plan would grow the national debt by 12% of GDP over the next ten years unless offset by currently unspecified corporate tax revenue increases.

        Trump’s economic plan would grow the national debt by 55% of GDP over the next ten years, and would require a 40-80% spending cut to balance.

        Wall Street will be thrilled, the tax code will become even more complex, the country will be even more divided along racial lines

        These always happen, unless they don’t. POTUS has much less impact than Congress. Vote your downticket carefully.

        the fuse on a number of economic bubbles will start burning

        I’m interesting in hearing more about this. Do you expect we’ll have an economic crash in the next four years? Eight? If it happens during the next presidential tenure, will it be Hillary’s fault?

        Markets will become even more distorted.

        Meaningless, be more specific.

        The DNC will be stronger and more arrogant and presumptuous than ever.

        DNC will have brought in the first woman POTUS, despite decades of mudslinging and chaff and preparation against this particular woman by opposing politicians. Do they deserve to be strong, and proud, and dignified? Is it presumptuous for a woman to take this traditionally male role? What about a different kind of man?

        If they had a respectable candidate the race would not be anywhere near as close as it is now.

        I agree. And the current situation is definitely deserved.

        • Mike M

          I don’t know whom you quote on your magic numbers, and I don’t care. These predictions are based on promises made in a vacuum. They also don;t include all the promises made and hints dropped. I do not believe for one minute that Hillary would be more frugal than Trump. Sorry. I just don’t believe that. He won’t get 8 years. She might. I believe she would double the national debt. How is she going to finance free college for so many? It’s been shown time and again that raising taxes on the wealthy won’t finance our current operating debt. She is already talking about the biggest “jobs plan since WW2” as if THAT were a jobs plan. She had her time in Congress. She was not at all concerned about a tax code that people like Trump can exploit. She did nada. She has too many wealthy friends. Trump was once one of them.

          If the POTUS doesn’t matter so much, why worry so much about Trump?

          I believe Trump knows and cares more about the economy than anyone associated with Hillary. She may be smarter than Obama, but she has made lots of promises. Promises of cheaper healthcare, easier mortgage qualification, and free college all contribute to bubbles (market distortion). They goose demand, which gooses prices, which encourages speculation and leads to bubble burst.

          Don’t hide behind gender politics with me. It is presumptuous to believe you deserve to represent New York in the Senate just because. It is presumptuous to claim to defend women when you helped attack the women who noted your husband abused them. It is presumptuous to believe you deserve to Secretary of State after a short stint in the Senate. It is presumptuous to believe you should be President after a very sloppy stint as Secretary of State.

          • Guest

            I don’t know whom you quote on your magic numbers, and I don’t care.

            If you follow your gut and believe an economic plan will double the national debt, without looking at evaluations based on what we know, then you have a strong opinion and nothing else.

            Let’s skip Trump talk since his plans seem to change every night at 3 a.m. (or during VP debates) and move to the really interesting bits.

            It is presumptuous to believe you deserve to represent New York in the Senate just because.

            She believed, because she got 55% of the vote, +12% over the closest competitor. And further believed, because she was re-elected with 67% of the vote, +36% over the closest competitor.

            It is presumptuous to believe you deserve to Secretary of State after a short stint in the Senate.

            Eight years. Some Senators are lifers. Not all of them.

            It is presumptuous to believe you should be President after a very sloppy stint as Secretary of State.

            An argument belied by her average to good record in a historically difficult position. Even her tenure was only slightly above average. If you have any particular criticisms we could discuss those.

            It’s presumptuous to say, I would be the first woman therefore I am owed the position and if you don’t like me you must be a bigot.

            What a terrifyingly arrogant scarecrow you’ve constructed. You’ll be comforted to learn she hasn’t said that.

          • Mike M

            Dear Guest, let me explain some of how the world works:

            The “evaluations” of candidate platforms are hot air if not political propaganda. This is not what I believe. It’s what I know from being my age and having seen that NO candidate ever executes their stated campaign platform. The platform is in itself a political message. To make a good guess at the future, you would do better to read pig entrails.

            When you are ambitious and you want to be a Senator you move to a state that will allow you on the ticket. You pick a state where corruption ensures the DNC gets their candidate on the ticket. You pick a state where all of the above is true AND the electorate almost always votes heavily in favor of the Democratic candidate. Take the path that Bobbie Kennedy took. Presumptuous? Yes. And calculatedly corrupt.

            She did NOTHING as a Senator and not surprisingly. She had no qualifications. Therein lies the presumptuousness. Not all of them are lifers, some are just there so they can claim “qualifications to be President. You may recall that was her plan in 2008.

            She has stated that one reason women should vote for her is because she is a woman. I know many who make a better ANYTHING than she would.

          • Guest

            NO candidate ever executes their stated campaign platform.

            That’s not the intent. As you point out, it’s a political message: the platform represents an ideal stated by the candidate and campaign. However, stated plans can be evaluated, ignoring the usual economic drift and inevitable (intended!) opposition to executive policy in the legislature.

            Experience informs us, teaches us to evaluate, to plan, to progress, and to continue this work for life. If we only know how to throw up our hands in despair at an impossible future, what has happened to all that experience?

            She did NOTHING as a Senator and not surprisingly.

            You should probably review her Senate election and career. She proved remarkably beneficial for New York.

            She has stated that one reason women should vote for her is because she is a woman.

            Really? Where? When? I see the campaign made a “woman card” teasing Trump for one of his odd comments in April. Are you sure she said it, and it wasn’t just biased press reporting she’d said it?

            Therein lies the presumptuousness.

            You keep saying presumptuous like it means arrogant, or “having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities”, so I had to look it up. It turns out presumptuous actually means “failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate”.

            I’ve changed my mind. I agree with you. HRC is presumptuous. She is also ambitious, proud, and strong. As you point out, she is absolutely not observing one traditional restriction for POTUS: gender. Now, she isn’t the first woman to run, and it’s not even her first run at it. But I guess if she’s elected, we’ll have to revise that appropriate limit.

  • Guest

    They actually found additional emails since her July 2nd interview. You know the ones she wasn’t concealing.

    Yes, that’s why the FBI report covers the July interview and their investigation, which found those additional emails. It also details that higher ups pull this gray area stuff all the time.

    Seriously, it’s worth reading.

    If she was a CEO and lost 6 billion under her watch. What would happen?

    Good question. What happened to a CEO who declared a $900 million loss in 1995 dollars?

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