It’s Election Day 2019! There are elections statewide today.

Vote at your regular polling place. (Look up your polling place here.)

Polls open at 6:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. (If you are in line by 7:00 pm, you will be allowed to vote.)

If you requested an absentee ballot but did not mail it, you MUST physically deliver it in person to your county/city elections office by 7:00 pm tonight for it to count!

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Election Day is next week – are you ready?

Election Day 2019 is now just one week away. Every General Assembly seat and many local offices are up for election. Have you made plans to vote?

If you qualify to vote absentee, Tuesday 10/29 is the last day to request a mailed absentee ballot! You can request it online here.

In-person absentee voting remains open through this Saturday 11/2. Most local jurisdictions have expanded hours and additional locations in the final days. See the post below for information from your county/city.

Finally, if you want to volunteer to help our local candidates, please use the links on the right side to get in touch with your county/city GOP.

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Absentee voting is now open!

Absentee voting for the November general elections is now open!

If you qualify to vote absentee, you can now request a mailed absentee ballot or vote absentee in person.


You can request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you online at the Department of Elections Citizen Portal. Enter your information and then click “I want to apply for absentee voting” and follow the steps to request your mailed ballot online. (Alternatively, you can print and mail a paper application.) You must request a mailed absentee ballot by October 29th. Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on November 5th, so it is highly recommended that you mail it no later than 11/2.


You can vote absentee early in person at your county/city elections office.

» Information for Alexandria City residents
» Information for Arlington County residents
» Information for Fairfax County residents
» Information for Falls Church City residents

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In Memoriam: Helen Blackwell

We mourn the passing of Helen Blackwell, a lifelong Republican and former member of the 8th District Republican Committee. Please find below her obituary and details on funeral services this upcoming weekend.

Helen Blackwell

Helen (Reddy) Blackwell, lifelong conservative activist and leader, passed away on September 8, 2019.

Mrs. Blackwell was a tireless champion for her principles. She served as the Virginia State Chairman of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum for 25 years and, for many years, wrote a regular, national newsletter, “News and Notes” for Eagle Forum. She was also director of the Virginia Conservative Alliance and the Voting Integrity Project, of which she was the original chairman.

A dedicated political activist, Mrs. Blackwell was elected chairman of the Arlington County, Virginia Republican Committee three times and was the Republican captain of the Lyon Village precinct in Arlington for 41 years. She served on the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia and was a Delegate from Virginia to a Republican National Convention.

Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore appointed Mrs. Blackwell to the Board of Visitors for James Madison University; she served in that role from July 1999 to June 2004.

Mrs. Blackwell was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She attended one year at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received her B.A. in History of Art and M.B.A., both from Louisiana State University, where she was the co-founder and secretary of Students for Conservative Government. She spent a year of post-graduate studies in art at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). She was a volunteer docent for many years at the National Gallery of Art. Since 1972, she resided with her family in Arlington, Virginia. She was an active member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church and the Eleanor Wilson Chapter of the D.A.R.

Mrs. Blackwell was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by Morton, her husband of 47 years, her sons Charles Attaway and William Blackwell, her daughter-in-law Wendy, and two grandchildren, Isabel and Paxton Blackwell.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Advent Funeral & Cremation Services (7211 Lee Highway, in Falls Church.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 am at Columbia Baptist Church at 103 West Columbia Street in Falls Church. A graveside ceremony will follow immediately at Columbia Gardens Cemetery at 3411 Arlington Boulevard in Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Leadership Institute or to Columbia Baptist Church.

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A Message from the Chairman

With two dozen Democrats in the race against President Trump, the 2020 presidential election is already well underway.

But 2019 is still right in front of us, and the Virginia General Assembly hangs in the balance by just 3 seats.

Flipping just one seat in the Senate and two in the House of Delegates is all that is standing between us and the liberal agenda put forward by the Democrats in Richmond. The Democrats stand ready to pass tax hikes, massive spending increases and even extreme new abortion laws.

And despite the cloud of controversy surrounding him, Governor Ralph Northam will sign into law every radical piece of legislation the Democrats want to send to his desk for the next two years.

There are several Republicans challenging Democrats in and around Northern Virginia. And you should be sure to help the Republican running in your General Assembly or Senate district.

But today I want to highlight one member of the Virginia General Assembly who needs us to think beyond our district.

Tim Hugo is the only Republican serving in the House of Delegates from Northern Virginia.

Delegate Hugo won his 2017 election by just 106 votes out of 30,214 cast during the blue wave that crashed on Virginia. And Tim Hugo is the top target for Democrats in 2019.

I can tell you that Tim is working hard to win. But just as in 2017, millions of dollars and bus loads of out-of-state “volunteers” will flood into Virginia from around the country to flip Richmond blue.

Please consider clicking on this link and sending Delegate Hugo your most generous contribution right now to fight back against the onslaught mounting against him.

We have to defend this seat.

Mark Kelly
Chairman, 8th District Republican Committee

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