2012 Elections

In 2012 we will be electing a president, a U.S. senator, and a U.S. House representative – in other words, we will be replacing Barack Obama, Jim Webb, and Jim Moran with solid Republicans in 2012!

Our GOP nominees are Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President, George Allen for U.S. Senate, and Patrick Murray for Congress. There are also local elections in Alexandria and Arlington, so look towards the bottom of the page for that list.

See below for all you need to know about the elections.

Contact Chairman Mike Ginsberg at va8gopchairman@hotmail.com with any questions regarding the 2012 elections.

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Important General Election Voting Information

The general election is on November 6, 2012. Vote at your regular polling place. Due to redistricting, your polling place and congressional district may have changed. Verify your polling place and district here, and get more information on redistricting here.

– The deadlines to register to vote, vote absentee in person, and apply for a mailed absentee ballot have passed.
– Mailed absentee ballots must be received (not just postmarked) no later than 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 6th. If there is not enough time to mail your ballot, you are permitted to personally give it to your elections office (only you can turn in your own ballot, no one can hand-deliver it for you). Be sure to get your ballot in on time or it won’t be counted.
Click here for information on voting for military and overseas citizens.

Election Day, November 6, 2012
– The polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Click here to find your polling place.
– You must show your Virgina voter identification card or another form of valid ID.
– You may vote electronically on the voting machines, or you may vote by paper ballot.

Republican sample ballots (will also be handed out at the polls)
Alexandria Republican sample ballot
Fairfax County Republican sample ballot
– Arlington and Falls Church Republican sample ballots not available online but will be handed out at the polls

If you have any questions about voting, contact 8th District GOP Chairman Mike Ginsberg at va8gopchairman@hotmail.com.

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2012 Federal Elections
November 6, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives, 8th District
Republican Nominee: Patrick Murray

U.S. Senate
Republican Nominee: George Allen

President/Vice President
Republican Nominees: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

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2012 Local Elections
November 6, 2012

Alexandria City Council (six seats to be elected)
Republican Nominees
: Councilman Frank Fannon, Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, Bob Wood

Arlington County Board
Republican Nominee: Matt Wavro

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2012 Amendments to the Virginia Constitution
to be voted on by the People on November 6, 2012

Eminent domain state constitutional amendment
The power of eminent domain allows the state government to take private property for legitimate public use only with just compensation to the private property owner(s). The proposed amendment would tighten laws on when eminent domain can be exercised. In summary, the amendment states that the right to private property is fundamental; the taking of private property must be for legitimate public use; no more property than is needed for the stated public use may be taken; eminent domain may not be exercised for private gain or increasing jobs, taxes, economic development, etc.; the definition of “just compensation” is expanded to include no less than the value of the property taken, the lost profits and lost access by the private owner(s), and damages to the private property being seized; and the party/entity seeking to seize private property via eminent domain has the burden of proof to show that the property is being taken for legitimate public use. Read the full details here. Voters will vote either “yes” in support of the amendment or “no” in opposition. The 8th District Republican Committee did not vote on whether to take a position on this amendment, but the positions of relevant committees and officials are below.
Republican Positions on this Amendment
– Alexandria Republican City Committee: YES
– Arlington County Republican Committee: YES
– Fairfax County Republican Committee: YES
– 8th District Republican Committee Chairman Mike Ginsberg: YES
– Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: YES
– Governor Bob McDonnell: YES

Legislative sessions amendment
The state Constitution requires the General Assembly to reconvene on the sixth Wednesday after the end of the regular session in a “veto session” to consider bills that were vetoed by the Governor or sent back to the Assembly with the Governor’s suggestions. The proposed amendment would allow the General Assembly to delay the start of the veto session by up to one week to avoid the possibility of having to schedule the veto session during Holy Week or Passover. Read the full details here.

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The presidential primary in Virginia was held on March 6th, 2012. Only Ron Paul and Mitt Romney qualified for the ballot. Romney won statewide with 59% to Paul’s 41%. Romney won the 8th District 64%-36%. (Results)

Mitt Romney is our Republican nominee for President, and Paul Ryan is our Republican nominee for Vice President. They were formally nominated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL in August.

Patrick Murray became our Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th District in February.

George Allen won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the statewide primary held June 12, 2012. He won with 65% of the vote (results).

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