School Board Caucus

The Arlington County Democratic Committee is excited to announce that the 2021 School Board Caucus will be conducted using the online balloting platform, Democracy Live. This secure, Internet-based balloting option will further facilitate safe voting under COVID-19 pandemic conditions by enabling voters to cast ballots securely from their computers, tablets or smartphones.

Access to this balloting platform was made possible through a grant from the nonprofit National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), which will enable a significant expansion of opportunities for Arlingtonians to participate in the upcoming Arlington Dems School Board Caucus.

Voting will take place from Monday, May 17th, 2021 - Sunday, May 23rd 2021. 

Voting will be open 24/7 during the week of voting and the platform will be mobile device compatible. 

Return to this page any time from May 17-23 to access the portal via computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Voting will be open from 12:00am on May 17th to 11:59pm on May 23rd.

Review the 2021 School Board Caucus Rules

Two Candidates to Vie for Endorsement for Open School Board Seat

The caucus will determine who Arlington Dems will support between two candidates competing in the Nov. 2 general election for the seat now held by School Board Chair Monique O’Grady, who previously was endorsed by Arlington Dems, but will not seek re-election. Miranda Turner, and Mary Kadera will be on the Arlington Democrats’ caucus ballot. 

Need Wifi or Computer Access?

In addition to voting online at home, ArlDems will be hosting in-person voter assistance sites throughout the county to provide laptops to vote on. Voter assistance will be available:

When:

  • Wednesday, May 19th, 5-8pm
  • Saturday May 22nd, 1-5pm

Where:

  • 6216 23rd St N (near Tuckahoe Elementary School)
  • 1412 N. Highland St (metro accessible via Clarendon Station)
  • 2811 S. 13th Road (near Walter Reed Community Center)

Additionally, Arlington County has a map of digital resources.

Voters can contact the Technical Support team by emailing sbcaucus@arlingtondemocrats.org or calling 703-528-8588 ext 6

About Democracy Live

Democracy Live deployed its technology in 21 states in the 2020 election cycle, supporting more than 2,500 local election jurisdictions. Founded in 2007, Democracy Live has helped to franchise nearly 10 million U.S. voters by providing electronic balloting technology. The company partners with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to securely host ballots, data, and its platform and technology in the same cloud environment approved by all federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and the FBI. 

The Democracy Live platform has never been compromised by hackers. To ensure the integrity of the vote, the software also produces PDF copies of ballots, creating a paper trail, if needed. The website is also available in multiple languages.

While the neighboring states of North Carolina and West Virginia have offered online balloting options via Democracy Live, Washington, D.C. is the only jurisdiction in the DMV to have partnered with the company to-date.

Electronic Voting Comes After Earlier Unprecedented Effort to Offer Safe Voting During Pandemic

After last spring’s stay-at-home order in the commonwealth, Arlington Dems planned and launched the first-of-its-kind mail-in endorsement caucus, for two open School Board seats, which allowed voters to minimize their exposure to COVID-19. Although there was no other election on the ballot, more than 5,700 ballots were cast, which was within 272 votes of the previous county caucus record

The newly-announced online voting option, made possible by the NCC grant, is a continuation of the Arlington Dems’ response to pandemic conditions. Other aspects of this response have focused on supporting County efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, including redirecting the Arlington Dems’ “Rides to the Polls” operation to help seniors of all political stripes register for and obtain COVID-19 vaccinations. 

“Arlington Dems is proud to be the recipient of this grant, grateful to the National Cybersecurity Center, and excited to partner with Democracy Live to bring online voting to the county,” said Arlington Democrats Chair Jill Caiazzo. “With this innovation, Arlington Dems continues to lead our community through the pandemic. By bringing online voting to the county, with a focus on digital equity, we will offer even more Arlingtonians easy, secure access to one of the most fundamental rights Americans exercise, while also reducing the risk of COVID-19 infections that the country continues to battle.” 

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