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Herndon Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Herndon and Fairfax County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Herndon Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

U.S. President

• President Barack Obama: The president will try to repeat his 2008 victory in the Old Dominion. Though it's an uphill climb, Obama in the money chase.

• GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee to campaign and speak on the country’s struggling economy.

U.S. Senate

• George Allen: Former Gov. George Allen , in which he beat out E.W. Jackson, Del.  and  for the nomination with 66 percent of the vote. And it looks like Allen will have help in his corner; , telling Virginians that Allen’s vote in the Senate could be a deciding factor in passing tax reforms and more. During a visit to AOL’s Dulles campus in May, Allen said he was in favor of offshore drilling and expanding Dulles Metrorail into Loudoun County.

• Tim Kaine: will have a close race with his fellow former governor and opponent George Allen. Both candidates are well-funded and close in the polls. is one of many steps toward removing the “red ink” in Washington. Kaine has noted that helpful budget surpluses vanished while Allen was in the Senate from 2001 to 2007.

11th Congressional District

• Gerry Connolly: U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly is currently serving his second term as Virginia’s 11th District Congressman, after beating GOP challenger Keith Fimian by a very narrow 981 votes, or .43 percent. A former Fairfax County supervisor, Connolly will have his work cut out for him against a GOP opponent who is well aware of how close the 2010 election was.

• Chris Perkins: , defeating Herndon engineer Ken Vaughn. In an interview with Patch in January, Perkins said that 11th District constituents deserved more than what they were currently getting from Gerry Connolly. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell voiced his support for Perkins after his primary win, and former 11th District Rep. Tom Davis formally endorsed him in May.

• Mark Gibson: Fairfax businessman Mark Gibson will run as an independent in this November’s general election. According to his website, Gibson wants to ensure a better future for his potential constituents and break a system of deferring important decisions.

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For information on voting, voter registration, polling places and more, visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website

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Dave Webster October 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
A note to Herndon readers. We are now in the 11th District having been moved out of Frank Wolf's district.
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Thanks for this note, Dave! We included info for the 10th as well for our readers in outlying areas of Herndon that are still in the 10th.
Barbara Glakas October 02, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I just want to emphasize to readers that you must have your I.D. with you IN HAND when you come to vote. You will not be allowed to sign an affidavit this year if you accidently forgot your ID. Acceptable forms of IDs are listed below. More info is on the State Board of Elections website at: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/VotinginPerson.html  Virginia voter registration card  Valid Virginia driver's license  Military ID  Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID  Employer issued photo ID card  Concealed handgun permit  Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia  Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter  Social Security card (Only in some cases. See SBE website)
Walter Hadlock October 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
A quick note of an Important change in the law: If you are a registered voter, but don't have I.D. with you when you arrive at the polls, you can vote using a Provisional Ballot. The voter will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of an acceptable form of I.D. to the local electoral board or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. The link to the State Board of Elections provided in the above comment provides very detailed and important information.
William Campenni October 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Remember, no matter what the SEIU and the Virginia New Majority tell you,, you can only vote once and only under one name.
Barbara Glakas October 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks, Walter. The only additional thing I want to clarify is the phrase in which you said, “you can vote using a Provisional Ballot” if you arrive at the polls without your ID. I want to make sure that people understand that the provisional ballot will NOT count as a vote UNTIL you take your ID to a local election board location. And, as you mentioned, you have until noon the following Friday to do that. This may pose a problem for some voters who do not drive, who cannot get additional time off work, or who will be out town that rest of that week, to go an election board to present their ID to election officials. That’s why I wanted to emphasize that voters should either vote early, or make sure to have their identification IN HAND when they show up to the polls on election day.
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Thanks for all these tips you're adding! Great information for voters. Since I'm getting married in late October, I'm actually waiting until after election day to change my name. If I start the process right after my wedding not all my documents will match for a while, so I figure it's best to just wait so I don't have to worry about not being able to vote.

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