By Denise Dunbar | [email protected]
All 140 seats in the Virginia legislature are on the ballot Nov. 5, including five races in which people in different parts of Alexandria will be able to vote. All regular polling places in the city will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election every two years, the 40 Virginia State Senate seats are contested every four years. There are no statewide offices up for election this year.
Republicans hold one-seat majorities in both the House of Delegates and State Senate.
All of Alexandria’s incumbent state officeholders are Democrats, and four of the five do not have opponents on the ballot. Four city residents are waging write-in campaigns as Republicans, though without the sponsorship of the local Republican party, in the four uncontested races.
In the 45th district of the House of Delegates, incumbent Mark H. Levine (D) is unopposed on the ballot. Eileen Marie Brackens is running as the Republican write-in candidate. In the 46th district of the House of Delegates, incumbent Charniele L. Herring (D) is running unopposed on the ballot. Gerald Chandler is running as the Republican write-in candidate.
In the State Senate, incumbent Adam Ebbin (D) is running unopposed on the ballot in the 30th district. Hazel Anne “Susie” Miller is running as the Republican write-in candidate. In Senate District 35, incumbent Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw (D) is running unopposed. Peter Benavage is running as the Republican write-in candidate. In Senate District 39, incumbent George L. Barker (D) is being challenged on the ballot by Republican S.W. “Dutch” Hillenburg.
Also on the ballot in Alexandria, Democrat J. Greg Parks is running unopposed for Clerk of the Court.
For this election only, the voting location at Agudas Achim, at 2908 Valley Drive has been temporarily moved to the Art Gallery at Convergence, at 1801 N. Quaker Lane. The Alexandria Office of Voter Registration and Elections sent mail notifications in late September to voters impacted by the move.
Virginia voters must show photo identification prior to voting. If a prospective voter does not have a photo ID, they may apply for a free photo ID at the Office of Voter Registrations and Elections any time the office is open, including Election Day. This ID is valid for voting purposes only. The office is at 132 N. Royal St., Suite 100. On Election Day, the office is open the same hours as the polls, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., otherwise the office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those seeking the ID must fill out a short application, have their photo taken and provide their signature. Permanent voter photo identification cards are mailed within two weeks. If a voter comes to the office within 30 days of an election, they will receive a temporary photo ID that can be used for that election.
Alexandria has a three-person electoral board, consisting of Bruce A. Brown, chairman; Jack Powers, vice chair; and Susan B. Kellom, secretary. The electoral board appoints the registrar of voters. Anna Leider is general registrar in the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration and Elections.
For sample ballots, precinct maps and other voting information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Elections.