Ballot Drop Locations
Regular mail can take up to 10 days within Arlington. The County does not recommend mailing a ballot less than 10 days before an election. Completed Mail Ballots can be dropped off at the following locations and times. Ballot Drop Locations
The Courthouse Plaza location has “Curbside Voting.” You can hand in your ballot without exiting your car.
Constitutional Amendment #1: Gerrymandering
The Democratic Party of Virginia, which has long advocated for some kind of redistricting reform, is urging local committees to tell their members to vote no. The Republican Party is telling its members their vote for yes will be among their most important votes in 2020. Courthouse News Service
Vote-by-Mail Ballot Tips
● All registered voters are eligible to vote by mail for any reason.
● No witness signature is required. You will see a witness line on your ballot because they were printed before the court decision.
● IMPORTANT: You must use the provided envelope. These envelopes have voter-specific barcodes on them. Follow all ballot instructions precisely!
● Vote-by-Mail ballots can be:
● Mailed in
● Dropped off at an early voting location
● Dropped off at the Office of Voter Registration & Elections (2100 Clarendon Blvd, 3rd Fl)
● Dropped off at at your polling place on Election Day.
● Mailed mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 7 PM on Election Day and received by Fri, Nov 6.
● Every ballot will be counted as it is received. Results are not totaled until 7 PM on Election Day, when the polls close.
● Making a change:
● To can change from a vote-by-mail voter to an in-person voter bring your ballot to one of the early voting locations.
● If you don’t have your vote-by-mail ballot you can still change from a vote-by-mail voter to an in-person voter at an early voting location by signing a statement saying you will not use your vote-by-mail ballot.
● If you requested a mail ballot and wait to vote in person until Election Day, you will be required to fill out a provisional ballot at your polling place. News Release with more details
Early In-Person Voting Begins Sept 8
Early voting will begin on Sept 18 at 2200 Clarendon Blvd, Suite R140 (the former Wells Fargo space). This is the closest location to LV. Four other locations are planned to open in Oct. All registered voters are eligible to vote early in the Nov 3 election. Mail-In Ballots
Mail-in ballots will be mailed starting Sept 18. Check the status of your mail ballot application at Virginia Department of Elections website. News Release
Prudent to Vote Early for Nov 3 Election
Because poll workers tend to be older and more susceptible to COVID-19, many are nervous to work at the polls this Nov 3. Election officials are considering consolidating polling places to manage in-person voting with available resources. This may result in fewer poling places and long lines at poling places that are open.
Nov 3 General Election
November may seem far away, but it’s time to register to vote or request an absentee ballot. If you are concerned about going to the polls this year, you can vote by mail — no excuse needed. Go to Virginia Dept of Elections website to register, update your registration, or request your ballot or call the registrar at (703) 228-3456.
● The deadline to register is Oct 13.
● The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct 23. Don’t wait!
● In-person early voting starts Sept 18 at 2100 Clarendon Blvd lobby
● Election Day is Nov 3. Polling Places are open 6AM-7PM
Takis Karantonis Wins County Board Special Election
Karantonis’ term will run through Dec 31, 2021. The 19,866 votes cast were less than the 22,264 votes cast in the 2014 special election. News Release
Invitation to Join the LVCA Executive Committee Help LVCA make a difference for the neighborhood. We are always interested in welcoming new people and have several officer positions needing someone to step in. This could be you!
If you are interested, please email LVCA President John Carten. He will be happy to answer your questions about community needs and how LVCA helps meet those needs.
LVCA will elect new officers for the 2020-2021 year at its next in-person general meeting. Meetings are currently on pause due to COVID-19 restrictions. All terms are for one-year starting in September. Current Members & More Information
Democrats Endorse Diaz-Torres & Priddy for School Board
Cristina Diaz-Torres and David Priddy have emerged on top of a five-candidate field for the Democratic school board endorsement. The mail-in ballot resulted in high voter turnout: “More than 5,700 ballots were cast, far exceeding the 1,994 ballots cast in the 2019 in-person School Board Caucus.” These candidates will compete in the Nov 3 general election against Independent candidate Symone Walker.
There are two open seats. Election day is Nov 3. Democratic Candidates
● Cristina Diaz-Torres website
● David Priddy website
● Sandy Munnell website
● Terron Sims website
● Steven Krieger website
Democrats will compete in a mail-in primary. All ballot requests, both online and mailed, must be received (not postmarked) by the Arlington Dems by May 7, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Filled-in ballots must be mailed back in the provided envelope in time to be received (not postmarked) by Arlington Dems by May 30. Arlington Dems expects to announce their endorsement by June 9.
Six candidates for the Arlington School Board – David Priddy, Cristina Diaz-Torres, Sandy Munnell, Terron Sims II, Steven Krieger, and Symone Walker – were hosted by the Lyon Village Citizens Association in a forum on March 9, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. The candidate forum was organized by Beth Ferrill and moderated by John Carten. The video was produced by Michael A. Shea of Arlington Independent Media.
Two new School Board members will be elected at the Nov 3 general election because the two incumbent School Board members, Tannia Talento and Nancy Van Doren, are not running for reelection. The latest candidate to announce is Steven Krieger.
Metro board weighs penalizing Dorsey for $10K ATU donation Story at WaPo
Dorsey to return $10,000 donation from ATU Local 689. He will be reprimanded by the Metro Board and removed as chairman of Metro finance committee.