Election Includes Arlington’s First-Ever Sunday Voting
Wednesday, October 7, 2021, ARLINGTON, VA.—Early voting in Virginia’s Nov. 2 election—which features 6 contested candidate races and four Arlington bond measures, ranging from governor to capital projects for Arlington Public Schools—is underway and continues through Saturday, Oct. 30. It will include the first-time ever Sunday voting opportunity in Arlington, on Oct. 24.
“Democrats regained full control of the commonwealth’s government in 2019 for the first time in decades,” said Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair Jill Caiazzo, “and since then, we’ve passed commonsense gun reforms, abolished the death penalty in Virginia, expanded access to healthcare, implemented criminal justice reform, effectively battled the coronavirus pandemic, and begun rebuilding an economy that works for everyone. Every single race on the ballot is contested on Nov. 2. Please help us show that Arlington Democrats take nothing for granted by getting to the polls and ensuring we continue this progress with a Democratic state government that has the resources to continue this progress.”
Voters may confirm that they’re registered to vote at Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal. Those not registered to vote may register until Oct. 12, either online or in-person:
- If you have a Virginia state driver’s license or ID, you may register online at: Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal. Voter registration forms are available in multiple languages, and residents may download a form at the previous link, fill it out, and mail it in.
- Residents also may register in person at the Office of Voter Registration, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320, in Arlington. Applications are available on site and no ID or proof of address is required.
Vote-by-Mail and Early In-Person Options
Voters interested in avoiding the crowds on Nov. 2 are encouraged to vote early at locations around the country. Access Early Voting – Arlington County Virginia for early voting locations and times.
All voters also have the option to vote by mail. If doing so, they must request a ballot by Oct. 22, 2021 from the Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal.
Voting on Election Day, Nov. 2
Voters preferring to cast their ballot on Election Day should make a voting plan in advance. They can double-check their precinct locations at: Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal. If voters need a ride to the polls, the Arlington Democrats can help. Request a ride from the Arlington Democrats Rides to the Polls team.
An Arlington Democrats’ sample ballot for the election is available for reference. Review it in advance to ensure you’re prepared to knowledgeably vote a Democratic ticket, however you choose to cast your ballot.
Candidates and Ballot Measures
All candidate elections are contested. Also on the ballot are four bond issue referenda:
- Governor. Former Gov. Terry R. McAuliffe is seeking a second term and is in a tough battle with a Trump acolyte.
- Lieutenant Governor. House of Delegates member Hala S. Ayala is the Democratic nominee.
- Attorney General. Mark Herring is seeking re-election as the Democratic nominee.
- House of Delegates. Depending on voters’ legislative districts, their Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates will be: Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (District 45); Patrick Hope (District 47); Richard “Rip” Sullivan (District 48); or Alfonso Lopez (District 49).
- Arlington County Board. Takis Karantonis is seeking re-election to the County Board as the Democratic nominee.
- Arlington County School Board. Mary Kadera is seeking election to the School Board as the Democratic endorsee.
- Metro Capital Funding. A $38.7 million bond issue to finance Metro, road and pedestrian capital projects.
- Arlington County Parks and Recreation Capital Funding. A $6.8 million bond issue to underwrite capital improvements to local parks and recreational facilities.
- Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation and County Facilities, Infrastructure Capital Funding. A $17 million bond issue to finance capital projects that will improve neighborhood conservation, county facilities, the courthouse, and county infrastructure.
- Arlington School Capital Funding. A $52.7 million bond issue for capital projects to Arlington Public Schools.
The Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Democrats) is the official county organization for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Arlington Democrats is open to anyone interested in advancing Democratic candidates, policy priorities and values in Arlington and beyond. Learn more at the Arlington Democrats website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.