Friday, November 9, 2012
Fairfax County Supervisor says group should look at long waiting times at some polling spots and recommend ways to improve.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova says she will recommend a commission to look ways to improve the county's efficiency on Election Day. Bulova says she was concerned about long lines, wait times and other voting issues. Voter turnout for the 2012 election in Fairfax County was 80.5 percent. In the last presidential election, the turnout was 78.7 percent (with 72,501 fewer registered voters than today), county officials said. Meanwhile, absentee voting in the county was down 2.7 percent from 2008. Lines and waits varied widely in Fairfax County. In Herndon, reported waits varied from having no wait to about about an hour wait at peak time in the morning. Bulova says she waited just 20 minutes at Villa precinct Tuesday …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Virginia is still too close to call as precinct results roll in.
Update 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - With all Virginia precincts finally reporting, President Barack Obama received 1,868,191 votes from Virginia voters, according to final but unofficial data from the Virginia State Board of Elections. That's 50.57 percent of the vote. Gov. Mitt Romney received 1,767,692 votes, or 47.85 percent. The three third-party candidates on the ballot received a combined 1.42 percent of votes, and write-in candidates the remainder. The race was too close late Tuesday night, even hours after multiple national news outlets called the race nationally. ------------- Original post, Tuesday, Nov. 6 updated 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, …
Herndon residents take to the polls.
Throughout the day local residents have been going to the polls to cast their ballot. Patch is keeping track of the election all day long. Come back later to see your local precinct-by-precinct numbers. You can also click here to sign up for the Patch newsletter to get the local results right in your email Wednesday morning.
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Note: Come back to Patch after the polls close Tuesday for updated precinct-by-precinct results from your neighborhood polling location. Barack Obama has been re-elected as president, Tim Kaine has been elected to the US Senate, and Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf will stay in the House. Throughout Election Day we kept track of what was happening at the local polls and Tuesday night we tracked results for the local and national races as they came in. All the numbers were in by about midnight on Election night. For all our 2012 election articles and coverage, make sure to head over to our Herndon Election Season Guide. Also make sure to check Herndon Patch's Election Day photo gallery by clicking here, where you can upload your own Election …
Incumbent Gerry Connolly (D) beats out challenger Chris Perkins (R) and four other candidates.
Final unofficial results around 1:14 a.m. Wednesday showed U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly easily outpacing Republican challenger Chris Perkins, with 60.06 percent of the vote to Perkins' 26.22 percent across the 11th District. Connolly won by at least 15 percentage points in all three of the 11th District jurisdictions, defeating Perkins 58.87 to 37.48 percent in Fairfax County; 55.36 to 40.44 percent in Fairfax City; and 65.91 to 30.11 percent in Prince William County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:14 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the 11th District had reported their results. Update 10:31 p.m.: In a victory speech for several hundred people gathered in Tysons Corner, Gerry Connolly said voters in Virginia's 11th District…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Find your polling location in Fairfax County for the Nov. 6 election.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Whether you’re supporting President Barack Obama or Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, you need to know where to go to cast your vote. Many polling locations have changed since last year and even more have moved since the last presidential election. You may be voting in a new location due to political redistricting or a move of your own, even if you only moved a block away. You can find out where to vote in Herndon through this polling place tool from the Virginia State Board of Elections website by inputting the address that is on your voter registration. You may verify your voter registration here. Come back to Herndon Patch throughout the day to see local and national results updated as they come in!
Fairfax City residents cast about 900 less absentee ballots this year than in 2008.
Update (4:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 2012): Absentee voting in Fairfax County is down about 2.7 percent from 2008, according to numbers released by the Virginia Public Access Project on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. In 2008, 83,523 county residents cast absentee ballots, compared to 81,273 in 2012. But while absentee voting in Fairfax County is still down slightly, early voting in Virginia is up overall from rates in 2008. VPAP reports that as of Nov. 5, 2012, absentee voting is up about 2 percent in the Commonwealth. Of Virginia's 5.4 million registered voters, 427,987 have cast absentee ballots. The earlier version of this story reported numbers through Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. --------------------------- Original Story: While people across the country may be…
The Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District is fed up with politics in Washington. How would he change things up?
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the fifth in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Playing hardball with China, reforming America's two-party political system and running as a third-party candidate were discussed this week in an interview with Joe Galdo, the Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Galdo spoke with Patch from his home in Fairfax. Galdo, 66, has less than $10,000 campaign cash on-hand, and faces incumbent Democrat Rep. Gerry …
In 2008, Barack Obama was the first Democrat to take Virginia since 1964. In 2012, the contest between the president and Republican hopeful is still too close to call.
President Barack Obama took Virginia in 2008, marking the first time the Commonwealth has gone blue since 1964. But it's too early to tell which way voters will go on Tuesday, or whether the changing demographics of Virginia and voter enthusiasm will have an effect on which candidate takes Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Virginia is one of just a few swing states in this year's presidential election. “The challenge for the Obama campaign is to try to rekindle the magic,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at University of Mary Washington. “You had great excitement among African Americans, and young people especially, four years ago. The indication so far is that there’s some enthusiasm, but not comparable to four …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Senate candidates Tim Kaine, George Allen canceled Virginia campaign events during Hurricane Sandy. Hours extended for absentee voting.
Hurricane Sandy upended the campaign schedules for the presidential race, Virginia's U.S. Senate race and congressional races, and put a temporary halt to some early voting and election officer training in the runup to Election Day next week. "I don't want anything to interrupt full participation in democracy as we head into this presidential election," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, in a news conference with reporters Tuesday. Eight registrars across the state Tuesday were closed — including Arlington County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County and Manassas Park City — due to the storm and could not offer absentee voting. Fairfax County offered absentee voting at Government Center from 4 to 8 p.m. In Alexandria, at least one voting …