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Under the Cover of Rain, Reston Residents Head to Polls in Statewide Election

by Fatimah Waseem November 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm 13 Comments


Despite the downpour of rain on Tuesday, a steady stream of voters cast their votes at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston. As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 209,223 residents of Fairfax County voted in Virginia’s election.

The state is only of of two in the United States with statewide elections this year. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam are vying for governor in what is expected to be a narrow contest, according to The New York Times. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is also running.

In the last election in 2013, turnout rested at 46.8 percent. With a little more than four hours before polls close, turnout this year sits at 30.6 percent, according to the county.

A record number of absentee ballots were cast this year, according to Fairfax County officials. More than 41,000 Virginians participated in early voting, up by roughly 61 percent from voting in 2013. Absentee voting was up in every jurisdictions in Virginia, except three, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-profit organization that provides information about local politics.

There are more than 684,041 active registered voters in Fairfax County. Throughout the day, voters trickled in at various polling sites throughout Reston and Fairfax County. By 10 a.m., nearly 16 percent or roughly 109,000 of registered voters already casted their ballot.

All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election. Fifty-five of those seats are contested.

Reston’s current Delegate, Democrat Ken Plum, is running without opposition in this election. Plum is currently serving his 36th year as the local Delegate for the 36th District, which includes Reston. Prior to his political appointment, he served for roughly 20 years as a public school teacher and administrator. Plum recently commented on his unopposed race for re-election in his weekly commentary.

Two candidates, Republican Jill Vogel and Justin Fairfax are running to replace Ralph Northam as Virginia’s lieutenant governor, a role which often presides over the State Senate, and has the power to break tie votes. The race for attorney general is between the current attorney general, Democrat Mark Herring, and his opponent, Republican John Adams.

The Board of Supervisors has asked residents to approve the sale of $315 million in bonds. If approved, the county has published a list of school improvement projects they would use the money to pay for.

The American Civil Liberties Union received multiple reports from Virginia voters who said that they received calls falsely saying their polling place had changed. The civil liberties organization advised voters to confirm polling locations at elections.virginia.gov and report any issues by calling the organization at 804-644-8080.

Polling stations are open through 7 p.m. Results can be viewed live at VPAP’s website or on the Fairfax County Government website.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

  • Greg

    Sigh — no one, blue or red, opposes Ken Plum.

    • Mike M

      Write in Mike M!

      • meh

        Or Write in Ming the Merciless …

        • Fresh Meat

          Didnt know you could vote for someone incarcerated

          • Mike M

            Care to elaborate on that?

        • Mike M

          Ain’t that you?

      • Richard

        Ken Plum 100%, Mike M 0%

        • Mike M

          That is actually fake news, Richard. You are saying what you wish to be true. In other words, talking our your backside.
          Reality (despite his running unnopposed):
          Ken 0%

          • Richard

            My apologies. Didn’t know you voted for yourself.

          • Mike M

            You also didn’t know that Ken is less and less popular even among Reston Liberals. I am certain many others wrote in.

    • OneReally

      No one willing to take the pay cut. Maybe someday when one of us retires.

      Didn’t see the Governor-elect’s speech, but Ed’s was an explain I hope others use in the future. He wasn’t locked up in a hotel room or his supporters crying.
      He came out with his big boy pants and thanked his staff, the volunteers, and the voters. Did all of this while smiling as if he had won.

      • Greg

        Huzzah!

      • Mike M

        True. Did you see Northam was escorted away from his podium when the nuthouse leftists in the room took the opportunity to scream “Sanctuary for all!” Geezum! They can’t even win with dignity.

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