2017 Election Voter’s Information
General Election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polls open at 6:00 am through 7:00 pm
(if in line by 7:00 pm you MUST be allowed to vote)
Important Election Dates
|November 7th||General Election||
Register to Vote
Deadline to register is Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 5:00 pm (or 11:59 pm if completed online).
You can register online or complete and submit an application
To Register/Update your registration online, go to www.vote.virginia.gov
Applications can be found at: • Public Libraries • Department of Motor Vehicle offices • Military recruitment offices • Public assistance agency offices • District Governmental Centers • Board of Supervisors Office • Citizen Information Desk in the County • Government Center lobby • Judicial Center Information Desk
In-Person Absentee Voting
In Fairfax County, voters who feel that they may encounter a problem getting to the polls on Election Day, may be eligible to vote early, absentee vote before November 7th. There are two ways for you to absentee vote, In-Person or by Mail. Click here for more information.
Absentee Vote By Mail
Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, fax, or email is on Tuesday, October 31st. Fairfax County Office of Elections has posted the following important note. If you are voting absentee by mail using the United States Postal Services (USPS), consider the delivery standards and First Class mail deliver is now two five days and standard delivery is now two to nine day. Please take this into consideration and allow ample time to apply for AND mail in your absentee ballot so that the Office of Elections receives your absentee ballot by Election Day at 7:00 pm.
Absentee Vote In-Person
You do not need to apply in advance, just go to an In-Person Absentee Voting Office. There are many reasons you could qualify, such as:
- Work or Personal Business on Election Day will take you outside your city/county of residence.
- Health Issues, mobility issues, or that you are a caregiver
- You are pregnant
- And more. Go to vote.virginia.gov or call 1.800.552.9745 more more information.
Beginning on September 22nd through November 4th, voters are able to In-Person Absentee Vote at the Fairfax County Government Center and various satellite locations around the County. Last day to absentee vote in-person is November 4th.
Absentee Voting In-Person at the Fairfax County Government Center – 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Conference Rooms 2/3
- 22nd thru Oct. 13th:Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri., 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Thur. 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Monday, Oct. 9th, Columbus Day – OFFICE CLOSED
- Beginning Oct. 16th thru Nov. 3rd:– Mon. thru Fri., 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturdays: 30th, Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov. 4th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Absentee Voting In-Person at Satellite Locations
Dates and Times:
- Beginning Oct. 16th thru Nov. 3rd:– Mon. thru Fri., 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Saturdays: 30th, Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov. 4th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Franconia Governmental Center – 6121 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, 22310
- Lorton Library– 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton, 22079
- Mason Governmental Center– 6507 Columbia Pike., Annandale, 22003
- McLean Governmental Center– 1437 Balls Hill Rd., Mclean, 22101
- Mount Vernon Governmental Center– 2511 Parkers Ln., Alexandria, 22306
- North County Governmental Center– 1801 Cameron Glen Dr., Reston, 20190
- Providence Community Center– 3001 Vaden Dr., Fairfax, 22031 (by Metro)
- Sully Governmental Center– 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, 20151
- WestSpringfield Governmental Center – 6140 Rolling Rd., Springfield, 22152
Will I need a photo ID to vote? YES, be sure to bring a photo ID with you. Acceptable forms of valid identification:
- Virginia driver’s license
- Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
- United States passport
- Employer-issued photo ID
- Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia
- Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
- Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
- Virginia Voter Photo ID card
If you don’t have an ID, simply go to your nearest voter registration office to get a free Voter Photo ID, even on Election Day! You will be required to complete an photo ID application, have your photo taken and to sign a digital signature pad.
Restoration of Rights
Individuals seeking restoration of their civil rights should contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Don’t forget, you will need to register to vote once you rights have been restored. For more information, check your status, or to request your rights to be restored go to: www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights.
WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT
This year, we will elect our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, representatives for all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and a bond referendum. Click here for more information on the Ballot.
These four offices will decide on issue that will affect or daily lives, our businesses and employment opportunities. They will decide how we travel, get services and access to quality programs and medical care, and other issues such as: Minimum wage • Labor issues • Civil Rights issues • Redistricting in 2021 • Funding for Schools • Medicare Expansion/funding • Transportation/Infrastructure, and much more.
Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
As the head of Virginia’s Executive Branch, the Governor (Gov.), serves a four-year term . The Executive Branch consist the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, 44 state departments, and over 20 state agencies.
How can the Governor affect you?
The Gov. is responsible for ensuring lawful and fair enactment of state laws, preparing the state’s budget, appointing officials, fostering economic development, Veto Power, and Emergency and Disaster Power. The Gov. has ability to propose bills to the legislature, as well as, support legislative initiatives such as Gov. McCaulffe’s Restoration of Rights initiative, or Gov. McCain’s Green Power initiative.
- Ralph S. Northam – D www.ralphnortham.com
The Lieutenant Governor (Lt. Gov.) serves a four-year term and is the second ranking officer in the Executive Branch. The Governor and Lt. Gov are elected separately, so it is possible to have a partisan split (members of different political parties). The Lt. Gov also presides over the Senate of Virginia. The Lt. Gov. serves on boards and commissions and sponsors legislative initiatives that influence many issues within the Commonwealth, including legislation related to economic development, and rural Virginia. As the President of the Senate of Virginia, the Lt. Gov. can only cast a vote in case of a tie and is first in line of n case the Governor is unable to serve out the term due to death, impeachment or resignation.
- Justin E. Fairfax – D http://www.fairfaxforlg.com/
- Jill H. Vogel – R https://www.vogelforvirginia.com
The Attorney General (AG) is the third elected official in the executive branch and provides legal advice and representation for the Commonwealth and state agencies in civil and criminal cases. The AG also provides legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the Virginia General Assembly (State Senate and House of Delegates), and governmental officials. The AG defends the constitutionality of state laws including those involving civil and social rights issues such as restoration of rights, immigration policy/travel bans, victims rights, and human trafficking policies.
House of Delegates
The House of Delegates (HOD), along with the State Senate, makes up the Virginia General Assembly. Each of the 100 Delegates is elected from a separate and distinct district for a term of two years. The HOD, along with the Senate of Virginia, make bills and budgets for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, Republicans holds the majority, 66 seats while the Democrats hold 34 seats. In addition to majority control, Virginia’s upcoming HOD election is considered especially crucial this year because of key decisions that will be voted on during the 2018 General Assembly including: Re-districting, the state budget amendments, immigration laws, Voters Rights, Restoration of Rights, and Criminal Justice laws.
Cheryl A. Buford – R
Mark L. Keam – D
David L. Bulova – D
Vivian E. Watts – D
Mark D. Sickles – D
Paul E. Krizek – D
Mark H. Levine – D
Not sure of your House of Delegate District? Click here to find out.
2017 Public School Bonds Referendum
Bonds are a form of long-term borrowing used by most local governments to finance public facilities and infrastructure. Bond financing makes it possible to build facilities and infrastructure based on future population estimates and to spread the cost equitably over the useful life of the facilities. This kind of financing allows the cost of a facility to be spread over a number of years so that each generation of taxpayers contributes a proportionate share for the use of these long-term investments.
Virginia law requires that voters in Fairfax County approve general obligation bonds through a referendum. You have the opportunity to vote either YES or NO on the question. If the majority votes YES on a question, then the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be authorized to sell bonds for the purpose described in the ballot question. If the majority votes NO on a question, the county cannot issue general obligation bonds to finance the purpose described in the question unless authorized in another referendum.
On the Ballot – There is a $315 million public school bonds referendum on the Nov. 7, 2017, general election ballot. If approved by voters, the Fairfax County Public Schools’ current plans to use this bond money are to:
- Plan and/or construct two new elementary schools, one in Fairfax/Oakton area and another in the Northwest County area.
- Relocate one modular building
- Plan additions at three existing high schools to add capacity at Madison, Stuart and West Potomac.
- Plan and/or construct renovations of 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.
Get more information from the schools about the 2017 bonds.
Criminal Justice County Report Card
At the beginning of the year, Fairfax County NAACP published our 2017-2018 Advocacy Agenda which highlighted our organization’s priorities. The agenda was intended to challenge complacency in the school system, champion criminal justice reform, and encourage economic development and job growth in minority neighborhoods here in Fairfax County. Since that time we’ve been monitoring the actions of Fairfax County leaders to evaluate their responsiveness to our concerns.
The Criminal Justice Report Card serves as a follow-up to the Advocacy Agenda. It indicates how well we believe each County official tasked with creating or enforcing criminal justice policies has performed against our agenda items. We hope you find this report card insightful and a useful tool for evaluating our county officials’ efforts to address the needs and concerns of the county’s minority community, who are often the most vulnerable with regard to criminal justice issues.
Click here to read the full report.
Fairfax County has make some great strides with regard to criminal justice reform in the past two years. Thanks in large part to the leadership of Chairman Sharon Bulova, the county created an Ad-Hoc Commission review county police practices on topics such as use of force, civilian oversight, treatment of 1 mentally ill, and diversity. Recognizing that Fairfax County was not immune from the factors that led to the riots in Baltimore, Maryland or Ferguson, Missouri, Chairman Bulova proactively initiated a process to examine the county’s shortcomings with regard to criminal justice. Two years later, we’re now only the second jurisdiction in the state with both a Civilian Review Panel and an Independent Police Auditor. These changes were not easy, and faced stiff opposition from some members of the board who either wanted to toss out the recommendations altogether or render them ineffective. The only issue that received almost unanimous support was the Diversion First program which aims to divert mentally ill patients who commit non-violent offenses to mental health treatment facilities.
Much work remains to be done to implement all the recommendations of the Commission; and even some the ones that were implemented need to bolstered either financially or from a policy perspective. The good news is that with a few exceptions, the majority of the Board of Supervisors, Chief of Police, and Sheriff generally support the reform efforts laid out by the board. The bad news is that a lot of their support is either weak or contingent on the county realizing tangible immediate financial benefits, whereas many of the biggest benefits of the changes are intangible such as improvement in civilian trust, or in other cases it takes several years to recognize cost savings. With a few exceptions, most county officials need to do a better job engaging with minority groups to better understand their collective concerns.
|Use of Force
|Incarceration Alternatives||Minority Community Outreach||Overall Grade|
|Sup. L. Smyth||C||C||C||B||D||C|
|Sup. K. Smith||D||D||F||B||D||D|
Click here to read the full report.