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The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is a nonpartisan organization that serves the citizens of Falls Church City by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO SPONSOR SEPTEMBER 28 FORUM ON NEW VOTING RULES

Are you ready to vote on November 4?

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church will sponsor a public forum on Sunday, September 28, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm to highlight new changes in Virginia's election procedures and practices. The forum will feature the members of the Falls Church Electoral Board -- Renee Andrews, Linda Neighborgall, and Margarette Shovlin -- and Falls Church General Registrar David Bjerke, and will be moderated by Edith Holmes Snyder, president of the Falls Church League. The event will be held in the Senior Center of the city's Kenneth R. Burnett Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street.

Among other issues, the panel will highlight Virginia's new photo identification requirements. Panelists will address other election administration issues such as the future of electronic and Internet voting and how voter turnout can be increased. (In the 2012 presidential election, Falls Church City posted the highest voter turnout in the state -- 87.5 percent of active registered voters.) Audience members will also have the opportunity to share their ideas on how the voting process could be improved.

The November 4th ballot will include races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and the Falls Church City treasurer, an amendment to Virginia's Constitution, and a referendum on issuing bonds for an expansion of Mt. Daniel Elementary School.

ON THE BALLOT: NOVEMBER 4, 2014 GENERAL ELECTION

Your Vote Counts!On November 4, 2014 citizens of Falls Church will vote for the following offices and referendums:

  • US Senator for Virginia. Vote for only one candidate. Candidates include:

-Ed W. Gillespie - Republican
-Mark R. Warner - Democrat
-Robert C. Sarvis - Libertarian

  • US Congressional Representative for the 8th District of Virginia. Vote for only one candidate. Candidates include:

-Micah K. Edmonds - Republican
-Donald S. Beyer, Jr. - Democrat
-Jeffrey S. Carson - Libertarian
-Gerard C. "Gerry" Blais III - Independent Green Party of Virginia
-Gwendolyn J. Beck - Independent

  • Proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment:

Question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried? Yes or No.

  • City Treasurer: Special election to fill an unexpired term ending December 31, 2017

-Jody Acosta - Democrat
-Chris Johnson - Independent

  • Proposed bond referendum for the City of Falls Church Schools

Question: Shall the City of Falls Church, Virginia, be authorized to contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Fifteen Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($15,600,000.00) for the purpose of paying the costs incident to constructing, reconstructing, equipping and/or reequiping, in whole or in part, the Mount Daniel Elementary School, and shall Ordinance No. ____ of the City authorizing the issuance of such bonds be effective? Yes or No.

Voter Registration: October 14, 2014 is the last day to register to vote for the November election. To register to vote, you can register online or change your registration at www.Vote.Virginia.gov, or you can download the voter registration application or visit the office of the Falls Church City Registrar at 300 Park Avenue, Suite 101.

New Photo ID Requirement: Please remember that effective July 1, 2014, photo identification is required to vote in person in Virginia. A photo ID is not required if you vote via absentee ballot.

Voters must submit one of the following acceptable forms of identification when voting:

-Valid Virginia Driver's License
-DMV-issued photo identification card
-Valid United States Passport
-Valid Employee photo identification card
-Other government-issued photo identification card
-Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)

IDs with expiration dates must be current or not expired more the 12 months before the election. If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact the Falls Church City Registrar for a free ID.

Absentee Voting: Registered voters unable to go to the polls on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot by mail or in person with reason.

-Voting By Mail: To vote absentee by mail, obtain an application from the Falls Church City Registrar or online by downloading the application from http://sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Forms/VoterForms/VirginiaAbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf. Read and follow the instructions exactly. Your application must be received by the Registrar at least seven days before the election, or Tuesday, October 28, for the November 4th General Election. The office of Voter Registration and Elections will then send you an absentee ballot that you must mark and mail back in time to reach the electoral board before the polls close on Election Day.

-Voting In Person: To vote absentee in-person, visit the Registrar's Office within the 45 days preceding the election, fill out the absentee voting application, and vote on the e-Slate voting machine (the same type of machine as the one used at the polls on Election Day). In-person absentee voting begins on Friday, September 19, and ends at 5:00 pm on the Saturday before the election, November 1. State law requires every Registrar's office to be open for absentee voting on the two Saturdays immediately preceding each General Election from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Other special evening and weekend hours may also be scheduled.

Contact the Falls Church Office of Voter Registration and Elections at 703-248-5085 (TTY 711) or by email, or visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website for more information: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ or call 1-800-552-9745.

US SENATE CANDIDATES TO MEET OCTOBER 13 IN PEOPLE'S DEBATE

The League of Women Voters of Virginia (LWV-VA) and AARP Virginia are pleased to announce that Senator Mark Warner has accepted the groups' invitation to debate challenger Ed Gillespie during a statewide television broadcast on October 13.

The statewide-televised debate will air at 7:00 pm on October 13 in Richmond. Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV (PBS) and WTVR-TV CBS 6. The debate will take place at the WCVE-TV studio.

Organized by LWV-VA and AARP Virginia, the debate will ask the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians.

"We are excited to offer this forum to the voters of Virginia," said Anne Sterling, president of LWV-VA. "The League is pleased to work with AARP, PBS, and CBS on this event. Citizens have a right to learn where both U.S. Senate candidates stand on the issues and we thank each candidate for accepting our invitation to debate live on television, in October."

The four panelists for the debate will include one representative each from AARP, LWV-VA, WCVE-TV, and WTVR-TV.

"Non-partisan voter engagement and education has been part of AARP's mission to help Americans live their best lives for nearly 30 years," Bill Kallio said. "We are proud to sponsor the People's Debate because AARP informs voters about the candidates' positions, giving them the ability to make an informed choice on Election Day."

Richmond television stations WTVR-TV CBS 6 and WCVE-TV PBS are co-producing and distributing the debate to broadcasters statewide in order to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.

Follow news about the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #PeoplesDebate.

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION AVAILABLE

Voters in Virginia can now register or make corrections in their registration information online.

Thanks to a partnership between the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), citizens can now complete these processes online if they can provide the Virginia DMV customer identifier number that is displayed on driver's licenses or DMV-issued identification cards. Citizens who do not have that number can still fill out the registration application online, but they will be required to print it out and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office.

All voter registration application submissions are subject to review and approval. Citizens will be notified by mail by the local voter registration office once their application has been processed. Go to http://www.SBE.Virginia.gov for more information or to register.

This year, the November 4 general election will decide the races for US Senator for Virginia and US Congressional Representative for the 8th District of Virginia. October 14 is the last date to register to vote in the November election.

Check this website, http://www.lwvfallschurch.org, for more information about elections and candidates as election dates approach.