Final hours! All you need to know for Monday & Tuesday

It’s been a long journey, and we’re down to the final hours before the big day – Election Day 2012! With your help, we will elect Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, George Allen, Patrick Murray, and MAKE VIRGINIA RED AGAIN!

Monday, November 5th

Mitt Romney is coming to Fairfax County for a GOTV rally! This rally was announced last week, and anticipation and excitement is so high that the rally has been moved to a bigger venue! It will be held at the GMU Patriot Center at 4500 Patriot Circle in Fairfax (map). Doors open at 12:45 pm and the rally begins at 2:45 pm. Get your free ticket here!

Don’t let the rally be your only activity of the day – it’s a GOTV rally, so we need you to help get out the vote! The Fairfax Victory Office is only a mile from the Patriot Center, so come after the rally!

All of our Victory Offices will be open all day Monday:

Alexandria Victory Office
» Open 11 am – 9 pm on Monday
» 25 S. Dove St., Alexandria (map) – 5-10 mins from King Street Metro and right off the Beltway at Telegraph Road.
» Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia and wife of George Allen, will stop by the office to greet volunteers at 4 pm!

Arlington Victory Office / Romney Virginia Headquarters
» Open 9 am – 9 pm on Monday
» 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, 7th Floor, Arlington (map) – one block from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro.

Springfield Victory Office
» Open 9 am – 9 pm on Monday
» 6320 Augusta Drive, Suite 900, Springfield (map) – at the Springfield Interchange/Mixing Bowl right off 95, 395, & 495 (with a stunning view on the 9th floor!)

Fairfax Victory Office
» Open 9 am – 9 pm on Monday
» 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax (map) – just a mile from the rally at the Patriot Center and accessible via Lee Highway and Routes 50, 123, & 236.
» Redskins GM Bruce Allen, brother of George Allen, will stop by the office at 1:30 pm on Monday to greet volunteers!

Also – if you have a mailed absentee ballot, please either mail it or turn it in on Monday. The ballots must be received by your county/city elections office no later than 7 pm on Tuesday – postmarks won’t count. So please either put it in the mail first thing Momday morning, or better yet, turn it in at your elections office. Note that only you can hand in your absentee ballot; no one can hand deliver it for you.

Tuesday, November 6th

VOTE!

The polls will open at 6 am, and will be open until 7 pm.

Your polling place may have changed since the last election. Please confirm your polling place here.

Lines may be long at polling places, so give yourself enough time – our country is at stake! You may want to consider voting during less busy parts of the day, such as mid-morning and mid-afternoon, if you are available then. The line will close promptly at 7:00 pm – you must be in line by 7 pm or you won’t be able to vote if you are voting last minute. Be advised that parking may be tight during busy periods, especially the evening rush hour, so again, please give yourself enough time to park and get in line.

You must bring a valid form of identification, such as your Virginia drivers license or other federal/state/local government issued ID, your voter registration card, or your military ID. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID. (If you come to the poll without a valid form of identification, you will be offered a provisional ballot and then will need to submit a copy of your identification by Friday.)

If you got a mailed absentee ballot and still have not submitted it on Tuesday, you must bring it directly to your county/city elections office or it will not be counted. Ballots must be received by 7 pm on Tuesday – a Tuesday postmark will not count.

Remember that there are also elections for Alexandria City Council and Arlington County Board! In the City of Alexandria, our Republican nominees are Councilman Frank Fannon, Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, and Bob Wood. In Arlington, our Republican nominee for the County Board is Matt Wavro.

Also remember that there are two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

The first, Question 1, will tighten state eminent domain laws to ensure that private property can only be seized for public purposes, and that private property owners will be more fairly compensated when eminent domain is exercised. The 8th District Republican Committee did not vote on whether to take a position in this amendment, but the amendment is supported (meaning a “YES” vote on the ballot question) by 8th District Chairman Mike Ginsberg, the Alexandria Republican City Committee, the Arlington County Republican Committee, the Fairfax County Republican Committee, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Governor Bob McDonnell. It is not opposed by any area or state Republican committees or officials to our knowledge.

The second, Question 2, will allow the General Assembly to change the legislative schedule by no more than a week to ensure that it is not required to be in session during Passover or Holy Week, or any other religious occasions. The amendment is supported by the Alexandria Republican City Committee. Again, to our knowledge, it is not opposed by any area or state Republican committees or officials.

We need all hands on deck for Election Day! We need volunteers for important tasks such as handing out Republican sample ballots outside the polls, making phone calls and going door to door to remind people to vote, driving voters who are without transportation to the polls, watching the polls to ensure the integrity of the election process, and many more important tasks. All of our Victory Offices will open at 6 am on Tuesday. If you can help at the polls, email va8gopchairman@hotmail.com and we will connect you with your precinct captain. If you can help at the Victory Offices, just show up and we’ll put you to work! If you live in or work in Fairfax County, you can sign up to volunteer on Election Day online here.

Come celebrate with us on Election Night! There are several Election Night victory parties going on, and more may be announced. The Alexandria GOP will celebrate at Pat Troy’s/Ireland’s Own at 111 North Pitt St. in Old Town Alexandria (map). The Arlington GOP victory party will be at RiRa Irish Pub at 2915 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington (map). The Fairfax County GOP victory party will be at the Mason Inn at 4352 Mason Pond Drive (map). We hope you can join us to celebrate victory on Election Night! (And if you want to make the trek, the Virginia Victory party with Virginia’s next U.S. Senator George Allen, Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Eric Cantor, and others will be in Richmond at the Omni Hotel. Click here for details.)

Onward to victory!

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