In addition to voting for a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, Falls Church residents will turn their attention to local races.
Locally, Falls Church will elect a representative to the House of Delegates, four members of the city council (out of five candidates), and vote on a referendum on the proposed sale of the city's water system to Fairfax County Water Authority (see Q&A from city here). Residents will also vote—in uncontested races—for sheriff, commissioner of Revenue, and Treasurer.
Here's a quick rundown on the basics:
1. What time can I vote? On Election Day, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2. Where do I vote? Visit this State Board of Elections page,where you can plug in your address and find your polling place.
3. When will we know who won? Unofficial election returns are available after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election night. Unofficial returns are updated throughout the night as the precincts report in. Keep an eye on your local Patch site for updates on local and statewide races.
4. I'm disabled and might need some help voting. What should I do? All polling places are wheelchair accessible. The availability of accessible voting equipment does not mean you must use the equipment. You may ask an election official to assist or bring an assistant with you. Voters who do not vote absentee and are physically incapable of entering the polling place, or are 65-years-old and older, have the option of voting curbside. Call the number posted outside the poll or send someone into the poll to notify an election officer of your need to vote curbside.
5. Who is on the ballot? In the statewide races, these are the names you will see (we've added links to their campaign Web sites):
In the City of Falls Church, you'll also see these local races on the ballot (we've linked names to their campaign Web sites or information on the City of Falls Church or Falls Church City Public Schools Web site, where we could find them):
- S. Stephen Bittle (links to City of Falls Church Web site)
Commissioner of Revenue
- Thomas D. Clinton (links to City of Falls Church Web site)
- Catherine A. Kaye (links to City of Falls Church Web site)
- Michael K. Ankuma
- John D. Lawrence
- Margaret M. Ward
- Lawrence L. Webb
- Susan P. Kearney (links to School Board site)