Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Chairman Sharon Bulova proposed the commission, which will address long lines and wait times.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday forming a commission that will try to improve long lines and reduce wait times on Election Day. In her request to the Board, Chairman Sharon Bulova said she wanted to address the county’s efficiency during elections, a desire she made public earlier this month. This year’s turnout in the county was 80.5 percent of registered voters, up from 78.7 percent in 2008. More than 529,000 people showed up to the polls, about 12,000 more than four years ago. But officials say the higher turnout resulted in long waits at some poll locations. While some voters waited no more than 30 minutes at peak hours, the last vote in the county was cast at 10:30 p.m. – a wait of more than three …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
New Virginia senator says first order of business is to work on good solutions to nation's debt.
Tim Kaine (D), Virginia's newly-elected U.S. Senator, says his first order of business will be to lobby for longterm solutions for the country's fiscal situation. Kaine held a press conference in Richmond on Wednesday, one day after he defeated former Virginia governor and senator George Allen (R) in the general election. Kaine, governor of the state from 2006-10, earned 52 percent of the vote to Allen's 48 on Tuesday. Kaine takes over the seat vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D), who is retiring after one term. Webb defeated Allen in a similarly close Senate race in 2006. “The key for us in public office is to read the message from the electorate,” Kaine told reporters. “They want cooperative government. They are telling us over and over and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A look at the day around Northern Virginia and in Richmond.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters across Northern Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday and Patch was there to capture every moment. After the polls closed, supporters gathered across the area to await results. Supporters of Tim Kaine and George Allen gathered Tuesday night in Richmond, along with many volunteers from the state's Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offices. Did you take photos today? Upload them here! Otherwise click through the gallery in the media player above to see what we captured.
Fairfax County's Office of Elections provided this update Tuesday about voting in Fairfax County.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Fairfax County provides a mid-day Election Day update. For complete elections coverage, click here.
Democrats dominate in all Reston precincts in 2012 election.
Voter turnout was heavy in Reston on Tuesday as every Reston precinct voted in favor of Democratic candidates. President Barack Obama had over 70 percent of the vote in some Reston polling spots as he was returned to office for four more years. See the table below for complete numbers. Visit these pages to see results and articles on - Congress (11th) Senate Bond issues Constututional Amendments President United States Senate Votes % R/D United States House * For other party congressional candidates, click here for complete results
The bonds passed with majorities of about 70 percent or more.
Fairfax County residents voted to approve all four bond referenda on the Tuesday's ballot by wide margins. Final unofficials results from the Virginia State Board of Elections show that about 70 percent of county voters approved of a $25 million bond that will go towards the construction of a new library in Reston and the renovations of three more within the county. More than 72 percent of voted approved of a $75 million bond that will used to fund widespread improvements to a number of county parks. Nearly 75 percent of county voters also said "yes" to a $55 million public safety bond that will fund new facilities for the county's fire department and renovations in the county courthouse. And about 78 percent of voters approved of a $30 …
Patch will bring you updates throughout Election Day as two former Virginia governors face off for an open Senate seat.
The U.S. Senate race in Virginia lived up to its reputation going into Tuesday's election, as being a tight race between two former governors. Final unofficial results around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday showed Tim Kaine with 51.89 percent of the state vote to Republican challenger George Allen's 47.92 percent of the vote across Virginia. Kaine won by comfortable margins in Northern Virginia jurisdictions, defeating Allen 71.40 percent to 28.42 percent in Falls Church; 60.53 percent to 39.01 percent in Fairfax County; and 65.83 to 33.86 percent in Arlington County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:33 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the state had reported their results. Update 11:21 p.m.: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell congratulated …
Changes to eminent domain and veto session scheduling pass by wide margins.
Virginia residents voted to pass two amendments to the Virginia Constitution when they went out to the polls Tuesday. About 75 percent of voters, more than 2.3 million people, voted "yes" to amending the state's eminent domain policies. The measure will prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation. The measure was a bit less popular in localities such as Fairfax County, where 62 percent of voters decided to pass the amendment. Question 2, which will allow the General Assembly to postpone its veto session in the event of scheduling conflicts of religious holidays, was much more popular. About 82 percent of voters, or 2.6 million people, said yes to the amendment. Update (12:05 a.m. Nov. 7, …
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 Democrat 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 Mary Washington University. “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 …
Election Day is finally here. Stick with Patch on Election Day for continuous updates.
Update, 5:30 p.m. - Still need to vote before the polls close at 7 p.m.? Head to your polling spot - there is a good chance you can get in and out without a wait. Traffic at Lake Anne Elementary School was steady all day, with nearly a 50 percent turnout, officials said. Like many Reston polling spots, people were lining up at the doors of the school when voting began at 6 a..m. As of 5 p.m., 1,788 people out of 3,429 registered voters had cast their votes, but line had dwindled down to no waiting. The after-work crowd was still lining the lobby of Aldrin Elementary School at 5 p.m., with about 100 people in line to cast their vote. Precinct director Randy Causey said 2,820 people cast votes at Aldrin as of 5 p.m. - about a 58 percent …