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Here’s How Reston Voted on Election Day

by Jennifer van der Kleut — November 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm 17 Comments

"I voted" sticker. (Photo via Flickr/vox efx)Though Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton on Election Day, votes throughout Fairfax County and specifically in Reston did not necessarily mirror the rest of the country.

Members of the voting public in the 10th Congressional District re-elected Republican Barbara Comstock by 52 percent to Democrat Luann Bennett’s 46 percent. Nationwide, Republicans appear to have kept their majority in Congress and the Senate, as well.

Additionally, several amendments and tax measures were on the ballot.

Virginia’s proposed “right-to-work” constitutional amendment did not pass. The other amendment on the ballot, which would allow spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty to be exempt from property taxes if they remain in their home and have not remarried, passed.

The controversial Fairfax County Meals Tax, which would have raised taxes on restaurant and prepared meals by an additional 4 percent to help fund schools and other county services and capital improvement projects, did not pass.

The county’s Transportation Bond, however, did pass, giving the Board of Supervisors permission to sell bonds in the amount of $120 million to help fund improvements to roads, highways, facilities and transit.

Fairfax County residents also showed love for their parks by passing a bond measure allowing the county to borrow roughly $107 million to contribute to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority for developing and maintaining local green spaces and facilities.

Here’s a breakdown of how locals voted on those ballot measures:

President of the United States:

Fairfax County (244/244 precincts reporting):

Donald Trump (Republican) – 157,547 (28.63%)

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) – 354,486 (64.41%)

Gary Johnson (Libertarian) – 15,649 (2.84%)

Jill Stein (Green) – 4,551 (0.83%)

Write-In – 7,783 (1.41%)

U.S. House of Representatives — 10th District (207/208 precincts reporting):

Barbara Comstock (Republican): 203,983 (53%)

Luann Bennett (Democrat): 181,999 (47%)

U.S. House of Representatives — 11th District (161/163 precincts reporting):

G.E. “Gerry” Connolly (Democrat): 233,552 (87.65%)

Write-In: 32,922 (12.35%)

Constitutional Amendment 1 — “Right-to-Work” (2,533/2,560 precincts reporting):

Yes: 1,679,306 (46.38%)

No: 1,941,687 (53.62%)

Constitutional Amendment 2 — Tax Exemption for Spouses of Fallen First Responders (2,534/2560 precincts reporting):

Yes: 2,917,570 (79.59%)

No: 748,284 (20.41%)

Fairfax County Meals Tax (242/244 precincts reporting):

Yes: 247,139 (46.31%)

No: 286,543 (53.69%)

Fairfax County Transportation Bonds (241/244 precincts reporting):

Yes: 343,524 (65.15%)

No: 183,727 (34.85%)

Fairfax County Parks and Park Facilities Bonds (242/244 precincts reporting):

Yes: 343,786 (65.27%)

No: 182,899 (34.73%)

Photo via Flickr/vox efx

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  • Mike M

    It would be nice if we could read about how Reston Voted on the other issues that came before Restonians.

    • EliteinReston

      Here you go, Mike. Scroll to page 13.

      http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/webreports/resu1116.pdf

      Guess I will keep paying that meals tax in Herndon, Arlington, Fairfax City, Vienna, Falls Church and in the District, where they all get to keep our money to spend as they see fit.

      • Mike M

        Thanks.

        Up to you where and on what you spend your money. A yes vote would not have changed any of that.

        • EliteinReston

          I have to work in DC five days a week, so unfortunately I don’t really have a choice. I’d rather help out the school where I voted.

          • Mike M

            Donate your money and not mine? Sound reasonable?

          • One Really

            I don’t really see an additional revenue stream as helping out an addict that has a spending problem.

          • Upside down

            4.6 trillion spent on the 15 year war effort and the winner is … ???

            O sorry, no school funding.

          • One Really

            I love how you will mix apples and oranges.

            How much of that money would have went to school funding?

            The answer 0.

            Just get over the fact you lost.

            The meal tax wasn’t about school funding. It was about a teacher’s raise.

          • Bush=Obama=Clinton

            It’s fine, the way you see and understand it. It’s just not the way it will be in the future. But then again, I am no nostradamus

      • One Really

        You can keep paying and whining about it. You do have a choice as to where you spend your money.

        I avoid any spending money in the TOH.

        The argument of well they do it isn’t justification in my opinion.

        • EliteinReston

          I’m changing to “WhiningInReston.” (I do whine about the town center parking fee. And about obscure acronyms like TOH. This Old House?)

          • One Really

            Yes, Town of Herndon (TOH) is so obscure for anyone that lives near the town.

            I understand you are still butt hurt, so its ok.

            How about from now on you STFU you SOB. 🙂

          • Willie Reston

            It’s an obscure acronym if nobody ever uses it.

      • The Constitutionalist

        I guess by your logic, if I have to punish myself everywhere else I go, I might as well force everyone to punish themselves here too.

        – Liberals, 2016.
        Wait, no.
        – Liberals, all of recorded history.

  • Phil Lilienthal

    Can we get precinct by precinct returns?

  • 30yearsinreston

    Thank you to all those who voted down the meals tax
    Perhaps now FCPS board will earn the the raises they voted themselves instead of taking the easy way and dipping into residents pockets

  • RoadApples

    re: FFXC Meals Tax:
    I politely suggest that the 247,139 residents that voted ‘Yes” to implementing the meals tax; step up to the plate and show leadership/goodwill of their convictions by:
    tracking 4% of what they spend each/every year per the law’s intended requirements and then; in turn voluntarily cut a check to FCPS.

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