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by Karen Goff November 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

Election Day 2014 at South Lakes High School

Fairfax County voters went to the polls at a slow but steady pace on Tuesday.

Polling place officials said it seemed to be a typical turnout for a sunny day in a midterm election year.

Up for vote in Reston: U.S. Senator; U.S. House of Representatives VA 11th; a Constitutional Amendment for spouses of veterans killed in action; and a $100 million Fairfax County transportation bond. Have not voted yet? Get up to speed on candidates and issues with our Reston Voter’s Guide.

As of about 10:45 a.m., 850 out of 4,600 registered voters had voted at South Lakes High School, Reston’s largest precinct, said poll supervisor Ed Robichaud. He said the South Lakes precinct had already had 200 early voters as well.

At the Cameron Glen polling place, 436 had cast votes by mid-morning, officials said. That’s about 11.6 percent of registered voters and a typical pace for a non-Presidential year, they added.

In 2010, for example, the last midterm that was a also a presidential race, the national voter turnout was 36.9 percent, says the Pew Research Center. Turnout rebounded to 53.7 nationally for the 2012 Presidential Election. Turnout is usually shy of 50 percent in Fairfax County during non-Presidential years, county statistics show.

Fairfax County said morning turnout on Tuesday was averaging between 10 and 20 percent.

Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D) cast his ballot Tuesday at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria. While Warner, seeking his second term, has been leading in all major polls, the margin Warner holds over Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie has been narrowing in recent weeks.

The Senate race is important because 13 states have tight races, and a few Republican victories can earn the party control of the Senate. Read more about tipping Senate control in The Washington Post.

The polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Reston Now will bring you full results when they are available.

by Karen Goff November 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

"I voted" sticker. (Photo via Flickr/vox efx)Tuesday is Election Day. Are you ready to vote? Reston Now has prepared this guide to get your where you need to go to cast your ballot.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fairfax County will use new integrated voting machines.

Not sure where you vote? Enter your address on this Virginia Board of Elections site to find your polling spot.

New this year: You must have a photo ID to vote.  Acceptable IDs include

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office

On the ballot:

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Mark Warner (D) faces challenges from Ed Gillespie (R) and Robert Sarvis (Libertarian).

U.S. House of Representatives: Reston is in the 11th District. Incumbent Gerry Connolly (D) is being challenged by Suzanne Scholte (R), Joe Galdo (Green) and Marc Harrold (Libertarian).

Voters will also vote on a Constitutional amendment about property tax exemption for certain surviving members of veterans killed in action. Read more about it on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Voters will also be asked about a $100 transportation bond referendum for pedestrian, bicycle and road improvements countywide. Read more details on the Fairfax County website.

by Karen Goff November 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm 20 Comments

Rep. Gerry ConnollyThis is a Q-and-A with Gerry Connolly, Democrat incumbent candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. His answers are unedited. To read thoughts from Republican Candidate Suzanne Scholte, read Reston Now’s Q-and-A with her.

Reston Now: You have been in close races and you have also won big in the past. You are leading this race in fundraising, have the endorsement of Washington Post and your opponent has never held elected office. Do  you ever take any challenger lightly?

Gerry Connolly: I don’t take any election lightly and always run like the devil is at my heels. This year is no different. Representing Northern Virginia in Congress is the great honor of my life and I never take it for granted.

RN: Midterm elections can be tough. Have you approached this campaign any differently?

GC: Every campaign is, of course, a little bit different. But just like in previous campaigns, I am running on my record of getting things done for Northern Virginia. Since my first election in 1995, I have worked with Democrats and Republicans to grow our economy, invest in transportation improvements, and make our community a great place to raise a family.

My opponent and I have very different views and philosophies of government. I am pro-choice — she is a leader of a right-wing organization that wants to ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, end funding for Planned Parenthood, and limit access to birth control for women.

I support reasonable gun safety measures — she has an “A” rating from the NRA and is their choice because she would support their extreme agenda.

I support the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform — she opposes citizenship even for the children of undocumented immigrants. She certainly has a right to those views, but they just don’t reflect Northern Virginia or Reston values. (more…)

by Karen Goff September 19, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Election Day 2013This fall, Northern Virginia voters will go to the polls to select a U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives (Reston is in the 11th Congressional District), as well as a proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment and a transportation bond.

Can’t make on Nov. 4? In-person absentee voting begins today.

Here is what you need to know:

You will need a photo ID to vote absentee in-person. If you need a photo ID, there are many opportunities countywide.

In-person absentee voting for the Nov. 4 General Election begins Friday, Sept. 19 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Voting is in the Office of Elections, Conference Rooms 2/3.

Weekday Schedule

Sept. 19 to Oct. 10  (Office closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Extended Hours Oct. 14 to Nov. 2
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday Schedule (Nov. 1 is last day to absentee vote in-person)
Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, there will be seven satellite locations throughout the county, including at the North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr,, in Reston. Saturday hours beginning Sept. 27 and weekday hours beginning Oct. 14.

Weekday Schedule

Oct. 14 to Nov. 1 (Locations closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day)
Monday – Friday: 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday Schedule (Nov. 1 is last day to absentee vote in-person)
Sept. 27  to Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots, which voters need to have applied to receive by mail, will be mailed from the Office of Elections beginning approximately Sept. 19 to those whose applications have been received.

The deadline to submit an application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Except for some first-time registrants, a photo ID is not required for those voting absentee by mail.

More information on mail-in absentee voting and deadlines from Fairfax County.

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