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It’s Super Tuesday: Where to Vote, What to Know

Super Tuesday voters check in at South Lakes HS polling place

Super Tuesday in Reston started warm (for March 1) and sunny — and with voter traffic similar to a general election, said Fairfax County polling officials.

Fairfax County polls opened at 6 a.m. and will be open until 7 p.m. Eleven states, including Virginia, will cast ballots in 2016 Presidential primaries or caucuses today.

By 8:30 a.m., 312 voters (200 Democrat ballots; 114 Republican) had been through Reston’s largest precinct, at South Lakes High School. At the new North Point precinct at St. Thomas a Becket Church, 316 voters cast ballots (175 Republican; 141 Democrats) by 8:50 a.m.

A random survey of voters at both polling places, as well as the polling place at Langston Hughes Middle School, showed Restonians are supporting a variety of candidates.

“I voted for Hillary Clinton,” said Reston resident David Ackerman. “She’s about the only adult left in the race.”

Ned Dickert, casting his ballot at SLHS, showed off his blue tie and shirt.

“All blue today,” he said. “I voted for Hillary. I think she will make the best president.”

At North Point, lawyer Cathy Ruse said Ted Cruz has her vote.

“He is the most consistent conservative,” she said.

Joe Ingrisano said John Kasich has his vote.

“He seems to me the most adult,” he said. “He doesn’t ridicule anyone and doesn’t engage in the negativity. He is more of a moderate than a conservative. I am most interested in who can govern, We cannot afford eight more years with no government.”

Another voter who did not want to give her name, also said she was tired of the negative campaigning.

“I intended to vote for Marco Rubio,” she said. “But the nastiness turned me into a Ben Carson voter.”

Another voter shouted her support for her candidate: “Trump!” she said. “We’ve had  enough of the global elite establishment. We’re tired of politics as usual.”

Fairfax County election officials have said they expect large crowds today. If you have not voted yet, here is what you need to know:

In Fairfax County, there will be two primaries held in each poll location. Registered voters can vote for either a Democratic candidate or a Republican candidate, but not both. You do not have to be registered by party ahead of time.

The Presidential Primary ballots were printed in advance of absentee voting, which started in January, so ballots will contain names of some candidates no longer in the race.

Here is a Democrat sample ballot.

Here is a Republican sample ballot.

Bring your ID

There are several forms of acceptable photo ID:

Where to vote

Not sure where your polling spot is? Visit this online tool on the Fairfax County Board of Elections website.

In Reston, there have been a couple of changes since the last election. The Terraset precinct polling place has been moved to Langston Hughes Middle School. There is also a new district in North Reston. A new precinct at Armstrong Elementary was created by dividing Aldrin and North Point precincts.

The northern portion of North Point precinct combined with the northern portion of Aldrin will retain the name “North Point,” with polling place at St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave., Reston. The southern portion of Aldrin retains the name “Aldrin” and polling place at Aldrin Elementary School.

Reston Now will have local precinct results when they come in after 7 p.m.

Photo: Super Tuesday voters check in at South Lakes High School polling place.

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2016 Presidential Primary is Tuesday: What to Know

"I voted" sticker. (Photo via Flickr/vox efx)Virginia will go to the polls Tuesday, March 1 as part of Super Tuesday, an important primary day in the 2016 Presidential race.

There are primaries or caucuses in 11 states.

Here is what you need to know:

There will be two primaries held in each poll location in Fairfax County. Registered voters can vote for either a Democratic candidate or a Republican candidate, but not both. You do not register to vote to vote by party in Virginia.

The Presidential Primary ballots were printed in advance of absentee voting, which started in January. Several candidates have since withdrawn from the election.

Earlier this month, the State Board of Elections approved the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to rescind use of a statement of affiliation to vote in the Republican Party Primary. Voters who request a Republican ballot for the March 1 Primary will not be asked to sign a statement of affiliation. More information will be found at http://elections.virginia.gov/.

Here is a Democrat sample ballot.

Here is a Republican sample ballot.

Fairfax County Public Schools also announced last week school will be closed on Tuesday. The school board had voted for a two-hour delay, but with a heavy turnout expected, the board voted to close for the day.

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

Bring your ID

There are several forms of acceptable photo ID:

If you do not have a photo ID, you can get a free photo ID from the Office of Elections. Contact them at 703-222-0776, TTY 711, or email [email protected].

Where to vote

Not sure where your polling spot is? Visit this online tool on the Fairfax County Board of Elections website.

In Reston, there have been a couple of changes since the last election. The Terraset precinct polling place has been moved to Langston Hughes Middle School. There is also a new district in North Reston. A new precinct at Armstrong Elementary was created by dividing Aldrin and North Point precincts.

The northern portion of North Point precinct combined with the northern portion of Aldrin will retain the name “North Point,” with polling place at St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Avenue, Reston. The southern portion of Aldrin retains the name “Aldrin” and polling place at Aldrin Elementary School.

Unsure if those changes affect you? Enter your address in the online tool or contact the board of elections.

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March 1 Now Likely to be Full Day Off for FCPS Students

South Lakes High School It looks like Fairfax County Public Schools students will get the entire day off on Tuesday, March 1, as voters head to the polls in Virginia.

March 1 is Super Tuesday, when Virginia and a dozen other states vote in the 2016 Presidential Primaries.

Since many polling places are at schools (including Hughes Middle, Aldrin Elementary, Sunrise Valley Elementary, South Lakes High School and others in Reston), the FCPS school board voted in October for a two-hour delay on March 1.

Since then, there has been extensive lobbying of the Board of Supervisors — including by Fairfax County Electoral Board Secretary Kate Hanley, a Reston resident and the former county supervisor chair (1995-2003) — asking that the schools be closed for the day. Hanley said she had security concerns as a very large turnout is expected.

In January, the BOS voted 9 to 1 to ask the schools to close. At that time, schools superintendent Karen Garza said there were no plans to close FCPS on primary day.

In Fairfax County, schools are always closed on general election day in November.

It looks like Garza has changed her mind now.

On Wednesday, Garza announced that the school board will consider the closure on March 1. A vote will be taken by the school board tonight.

“In all past presidential primaries, our schools remained open and we had hoped we could continue this practice and conduct school,” Garza said in a statement. “However, in light of historic turnouts in primaries across the country in the past two weeks, it is anticipated that voter turnout here in Fairfax County will likewise result in historic numbers of voters. The Board’s vote will take place at it its business meeting Thursday, Feb. 18.”

There are a total of 167 FCPS buildings used as polling sites. Elementary schools, which have very limited parking, comprise 124 of those sites

“Record voter turnouts in New Hampshire and Iowa, and anticipation of an historic voter turnout from the Fairfax County Office of Elections, lead us to believe that there could be significant logistical issues regarding parking and building access on March 1,” said Garza.

“We are also concerned that the sheer number of citizens entering schools to vote will make it difficult to conduct a normal school day. Both the Office of Elections and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have encouraged us to consider closing schools March 1 and, after deliberating with state officials, and after weighing these many factors we have decided to recommend closure.”

Under the proposal for a March 1 closure, teachers and students would not report to school. SACC, school offices and central offices will be open, said Garza.

Because Fairfax County has additional hours built into the 2015-16 standard calendar to accommodate weather emergencies, it will not be necessary to make up the day, she added.

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Virginia Primary is March 1: Who is Your Candidate?

"I voted" sticker. (Photo via Flickr/vox efx)The Virginia Presidential Primary is a little more than two weeks away.

Registered voters in the Commonwealth go to the polls March 1, along with 111 other states.

Have you decided who gets your vote? Take our poll and let’s see which way Reston is leaning. Don’t worry, it’s confidential. No one is selling any info to campaigns. Also, candidate names were generated in random order by the polling software and show no bias on the part of Reston Now.

Also, check out this info from Fairfax County about Primary Day and to locate your polling place.

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Help Wanted: Poll Workers Needed For March 1 Primaries

"I voted" sticker. (Photo via Flickr/vox efx)Fairfax County needs poll workers to help at Reston precincts on March 1 — the “Super Tuesday” primaries.

Any registered Virginia voter who isn’t an elected official or an employee of an elected official is eligible to work the polls. You must be available all day — from about 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later.

Elections officers will receive training prior to Election Day, and will do such jobs as
set up voting equipment; check photo IDs and check names on the electronic poll book;
provide assistance and instructions in using the voting machines; tabulate the results at the close of the polls.

Election officers are paid $175 for working a full Election Day. Election officers must work at least one general election before being considered for an assistant chief election officer ($200) or chief election officer ($250). You can also volunteer your time instead of being paid.

For more information, Email [email protected] with your name, political party affiliation, home address, date of birth, telephone number and email address, or call 703-324-4735 (TTY 711), or fill out this online interest form.

For complete details visit the Fairfax County Government website.

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