Absentee voting begins next week

Absentee voting for the November general elections will begin on Friday, September 23rd. If you qualify to vote absentee, you can vote in-person before election day, or vote by mail.

You can apply to vote absentee by mail online or with this form. Your application to vote by mail must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 1st.

To vote absentee in person, read the information for your county/city below. In-person absentee voting begins in all counties/cities on Friday, September 23rd.

Alexandria City

Vote absentee in-person at the Office of Voter Registration & Elections:

132 N. Royal St.
Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturdays (beginning 10/1), 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(Extended daily hours will begin and additional locations will open on October 27th. Information will be posted here in October.)

Additional details are available at the Alexandria City elections website.

Arlington County

Vote absentee in-person at the Courthouse Plaza.

2100 Clarendon Boulevard
Lobby Level
Arlington, VA

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturdays (beginning 10/15), 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

(Extended daily hours will begin and additional locations will open on October 15th. Information will be posted here in October.)

Additional details are available at the Arlington County Voting & Elections website.

Fairfax County

Vote absentee in-person at the Fairfax County Government Center.

12000 Government Center Parkway
Conference Room 2/3
Fairfax, VA 22035

Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fridays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturdays (beginning 10/1), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(Extended daily hours will begin and additional locations will open on October 17th. Information will be posted here in October.)

Additional details are available at the Fairfax County Office of Elections website.

Falls Church City

Vote absentee in-person at the Registrar of Voters office in City Hall.

300 Park Avenue
Suite 101 East
Falls Church, VA 22046

(Additional hours TBA.)

Additional details are available at the Falls Church City website.

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15 Years

Early on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 2,977 people woke up.

2,203 of them went to work in or around the World Trade Center.

343 of them reported for duty as NYFD firefighters. 37 of them reported for duty as Port Authority police officers. 23 of them reported for duty as NYPD police officers.

125 of them reported for duty at the Pentagon.

87 of them boarded American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles.

60 of them boarded United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles.

59 of them boarded American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles to Los Angeles.

And 40 of them, plus an unborn baby, boarded United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco.

Going to work. Getting on a plane. Everyday routine activities. It was a beautiful sunny morning on the East Coast. It was primary day in New York City. But while 2,977 people woke up expecting a normal day, 19 others, all thugs and cowards, woke up with plans for a day that was to be anything but normal.

We all remember where we were that morning 15 years ago. We, too, were doing routine activities – sitting in traffic while going to work or driving our kids to school. But if we were watching or listening to the news between 8:49 am and 9:02 am, we were horrified by what we thought was a tragic accident at the World Trade Center. At 9:03 am, we were shocked as we watched live on television as war was declared on the United States.

We were petrified at 9:39 am that another plane had hit the Pentagon, killing 125 of our family, friends, and neighbors. These were the men and women who we saw in the grocery store, on the Metro, next to us in traffic on 395 or Route 50. Some of us may have even been next to them in traffic that morning.

We were utterly horrified at 9:59 am when we watched one of America’s icons of prosperity crumble to the ground – and imagined what it was like for the people who were there.

We fearfully wondered what was next and got our answer after 10:00 am when we learned another plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania at 10:03 am.

We were speechless when evil finished its task at 10:37 am with the collapse of the remaining tower, taking hundreds more lives, including those of brave policemen and firefighters who stayed in the building to save lives even though it meant losing theirs.

For the rest of the day, we watched television in shock of what had happened. We told our families and friends how much we loved them, realizing the fragility of our lives. We threw away our differences and truly united as a people. We weren’t Republicans or Democrats anymore. We were Americans. We woke up on September 12, 2001 to another not normal day – except this time, we were kinder, gentler, eager to help in any way we could. We donated our time and money and offered our prayers. We were reborn in our love of our country. We were shaken to our core, but we did not allow terror to break us. We heard stories of courage and bravery, like the 393 first responders who gave their lives in New York; the 40 passengers who rose up and stopped their flight from hitting Washington, saving countless lives and winning the first battle in the War on Terror; the hundreds of volunteers digging through the rubble for survivors 24/7. Perhaps we enlisted in the military, or went back to church for the first time in years. We had suffered a tremendous loss. But because we were Americans, we picked ourselves right up and became a better people in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. We slowly went back to work. Back to school. Back to the airport, flying again. The stock market reopened. Baseball resumed its season. We knew we had to go on with our lives. But we pledged never to forget.

Fifteen years later, we haven’t forgotten. The memories are foggy and the spirit of being united has unfortunately faded, but we haven’t forgotten. We haven’t forgotten the 2,977 people and 12 unborn children we lost that day, and the 6,717+ brave soldiers we have lost in the War on Terror, and the 50,897+ who have been wounded serving our country in the War on Terror. It is our duty and solemn responsibility that we never forget as long as we live, and that we teach future generations about that day and the lessons we learned.

Today, we remember what happened 15 years ago and we offer our prayers for those who perished and their families and those who still suffer physically or mentally from the events of that day. We know that despite our differences, we are all Americans, and no cowardly act of terror can break our resolve or take away our liberty. We will never surrender to terrorists. We will live our lives freely and no one can stop us. We are Americans. May God bless the United States of America, now and forever.

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From the Fairfax GOP: FCPS Parents‏, Know Your Rights

Unless you are very new to the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), you are undoubtedly aware of the turmoil that has been created by the 9-3 Democratic majority on the School Board, in their haste to implement radical new requirements for addressing a range of issues related to the rights of transgender students, the responsibilities of all students in respecting those rights, and the content of the Family Life Education curriculum (FLE).

I write today, at the very beginning of the new school year, to alert you to the school system’s new requirements and to tell you that, if you have concerns, you have options. You do not have to silently acquiesce.

But first, some background. The Fairfax County GOP has urged parents to question the School Board’s actions from the beginning, and our three School Board members, Jeannette Hough (At Large), Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) and Tom Wilson (Sully) have repeatedly asked reasonable, thoughtful, questions about the goals and manner of implementation of the new policy. The Democrats have ignored those questions and proceeded to ram through their agenda with arrogance and disdain.

As has often been noted, the FCPS never does anything in a hurry – except for this one policy. The school system spent years studying whether to change school start times for high school students, but when it came to the transgender issue, there was no prior study, no real discussion, and no desire to let the community be heard. As recently as June of this year, the School Board abused its own procedures, attempting to hide what it was doing, even from some members of the Board. This is not democracy, it’s a sham.

The School Board’s proposed regulations are in limbo pending further legal guidance; nonetheless, the Board has voted to implement the policy, without the regulations. The packets your children have brought home or will soon be bringing home include the 2016-17 Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which has been amended to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the existing nondiscrimination policy. Those terms are undefined, which in turn raises questions about what students’ rights and responsibilities actually are.

Fortunately, in recent months, a new group known as Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County (CPEFC) has been hard at work on developing a strategy and materials for helping parents respond to the school system. I encourage you to visit the CPEFC website at ConcernedParentsAndEducators.org. In particular, please look at the “Parent Information Package,” which you can find at ConcernedParentsaAndEducators.org/PIP.

Even if you are inclined to think this issue is overblown, or simply isn’t of any concern at all, I encourage you to visit the CPEFC website and review the materials. In particular, the discussion in the information package of the practical implications of the new regulations, and the highlights of the Family Life Education curriculum, may raise new questions for you. This is not just about bathrooms, or about how a student might dress.

If you have any questions about CPEFC, or the Parent Information Package, please submit them directly to cpefcquestions@hotmail.com.

Finally, the next School Board meeting will be at 7 pm on Thursday, September 8, at Luther Jackson Middle School. To voice your concerns, please attend. CPEFC will also hold a peaceful protest outside starting at 6pm.

Most sincerely,

Matt Ames
Chairman, Fairfax County Republican Committee

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Fast Facts on the Meals Tax

As described in the post below, the Democrat-controlled Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has put a meals tax referendum on the ballot in November. The Fairfax County GOP has put together 10 key facts about the meals tax. Please spread the word. The question will likely be towards the bottom of the ballot, and Democrats are hoping to pass it quietly.

Remember, this tax would be imposed on everyone eating at a restaurant in Fairfax County, regardless of where you live, so send these out to your family, friends, and neighbors in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and across Northern Virginia.

Fast Facts on the Meals Tax Referendum

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a ballot measure for a new 4% tax on all restaurant meals and prepared food sold in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Republican Committee opposes the proposed tax, and we urge Fairfax County voters to vote NO on November 8. Here are some key facts about the proposed tax:

The meals tax would be in addition to the existing 6% sales tax, for a total tax of 10%. This will nearly double the tax County residents currently pay on prepared foods.

The new tax would be added to every purchase at every kind of restaurant, even fast food and convenience stores. Prepared food items such as rotisserie chickens purchased in a grocery store and hot dogs bought at a convenience store also will be taxed at the new 10% rate.

Studies have shown that the burden for the increased tax will fall hardest on the most vulnerable people in the County, especially low-income families, senior citizens, young people, and busy families where both parents work.

Restaurant employees will be hit as well, particularly those who depend on tips for most of their income. A study by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington showed that customers often tip less to make up for the tax, so restaurant employees end up with less income.

You may hear that some of the anticipated revenues from the tax are to be spent on the public schools. But this is a sham: the Board of Supervisors must still decide every year how much money to give to the School Board, and the Supervisors are not legally bound to increase the school budget by the amount the meals tax brings in. If the voters approve the referendum, our taxes will go up – but school spending may not.

Even if the School Board gets more funding, there is no guarantee that it will be spent directly on teacher salaries or children’s education, or that every school in the County will benefit from the increased funding. We are all being asked to sign a blank check.

The food services industry provides 40,000 jobs in Fairfax County. This tax will affect them all.

Profit margins in the restaurant industry average just 4%: that’s the amount the business owner gets to keep. A 4% tax means the government wants 100% of restaurant profits.

The restaurant industry is intensely competitive, and most restaurant operators are small business owners. Even small increases in costs or reductions in sales can force a restaurant out of business, and put people out of work.

This is not a new idea. In 1992, the Board of Supervisors proposed the same tax, and voters said NO. In 2014, the Board brought it up again, but under pressure from residents and businesses, decided to wait. Now they are back, and now we need to vote it down.

Bottom Line: The tax will unfairly burden those who are the least able to pay it, and there is no guarantee that the money will be used for the purpose claimed by its proponents.

Contact: Fairfax County Republican Committee
703-766-4467 / info@fairfaxgop.org / fairfaxgop.orgTwitter / Facebook

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Are you ready to pay a 10% tax on your next meal out?

In June, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to put a meals tax referendum on the ballot in the November 8th general election.

The meals tax measure, if approved by the voters, would create a 10 percent tax on all prepared meals in Fairfax County. (It would add a 4% county tax to the 6% state sales tax we already pay.) Every visit to every restaurant would be taxed 10%.

Your breakfast at the coffee shop? Taxed 10%.
Your lunch at the deli? Taxed 10%.
Your dinner at your favorite sit-down? Taxed 10%.
Your drive-thru order? Taxed 10%.
Your rotisserie chicken from the grocery store? Taxed 10%.
A hot dog at 7-Eleven? Taxed 10%.

The tax will apply to every prepared meal sold in Fairfax County, so look out, Arlingtonians and Alexandrians. As soon as you cross from Arlington or Alexandria into Fairfax County, be prepared to pay a bonus tax to the Democrats running Fairfax County.

This tax will hit all consumers, especially low or middle income diners, and all restaurant owners, small or large. Perhaps the most insidious harm will come to waiters, who rely on tips – it will be difficult to get diners to tip 15-20% on top of the 10% tax they’re already paying. If you want to be generous and tip 20%, you’ll be paying 30% extra on your check. This tax will hurt thousands of waiters and small business owners, along with your wallet.

The Fairfax County GOP is mobilizing against this tax referendum, along with a coalition of restaurant owners including Great American Restaurants, Glory Days Grill, Clyde’s Restaurant Group, and other businesses big and small that operate in Fairfax County.

Below is a flyer that FCRC is distributing at local events. Spread the word!


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