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Fairfax County 2016 SAMPLE BALLOT in plain English

Fairfax County 2016 SAMPLE BALLOT in plain English

... and the results -- by David Swink, FCTA, 09/29/2016

On Nov 8 2106, Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote for U.S. President, U.S. Congressman (in one of three districts), two Virginia Constitutional ammendments, a Meals Tax referendum, and three bond issues. Herndon residents will also be voting for mayor and six town council slots. The U.S. and Herndon votes will be on the front of the official ballot, while the remaining issues will be on the back.

The combined ballot issues are presented below, in order and in plain English, with hyperlinks to more complete explanations.


President and Vice President

( ) .. Democrat (Hillary Clinton, Pres; Tim Kaine, VP) -- 232EV (wins in Va. via Fx Co)

( ) .. Republican (Donald Trump, Pres; Mike Pence, VP) -- 306EV

( ) .. Libertarian (Gary Johnson, Pres; William Weld, VP)

( ) .. Green (Jill Stein, Pres; Ajamu Baraka, VP)

( ) .. Independent (Evan McMullin, Pres; Nathan Johnson, VP)

( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________


U.S. House of Representatives -- 8th District

( ) .. Democrat (Don Beyer) -- 69%

( ) .. Republican (Charles Hernick) -- 27%

( ) .. Independent (Julio Gracia) -- 4%

( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________

U.S. House of Representatives -- 10th District

( ) .. Democrat (LuAnn Bennett) -- 47%

( ) .. Republican (Barbara Comstock) -- 53%

( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________

U.S. House of Representatives -- 11th District

( ) .. Democrat (Gerry Connolly)

( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________


Herndon only -- Mayor

( ) .. Lisa C. Merkel (4,898)
( ) .. Jasbinder Singh (2,382)
( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________

Herndon only -- Town Council (Vote for no more than six)

( ) .. Jennifer K. Baker (4,678)
( ) .. Jeffrey L. Davidson (3,842)
( ) .. Signe V. Friedrichs (3,257)
( ) .. Connie H. Hutchinson (3,281 )
( ) .. David A. "Dave" Kirby (2,807 )
( ) .. William J. "Bill" McKenna (3,968 )
( ) .. Sheila A. Olem (3,979)
( ) .. Roland B. Taylor (2,140)
( ) .. Grace Han Wolf (4,099)
( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________
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( ) .. Write-in: __________________________________________________
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Va. Constitutional Amendment -- Right to Work

Virginia currently has a right-to-work statute that bans employers from requiring union membership. Supporters are seeking to add right-to-work regulations to the Virginia Constitution to prevent future lawmakers from undoing the state's current laws -- a valid point.

( ) .. Yes -- Add to the Va. Constitution
( ) .. No -- Leave in Va. state statutes (53% all Va.)

Va. Constitutional Amendment -- Surviving Spouse

Virginia's Constitution already provides property tax exemptions to military veterans and surviving spouses. This amendment would allow localities to add the same exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders.

( ) .. Yes -- Allow counties to add spouses of first responders (80% all Va.)
( ) .. No -- Prevent Fairfax Co from adding spouses of first responders


Fairfax County Meals Tax Referendum

Do you wish to allow Fairfax County to tax you an extra 4% (in addition to Virginia's 6% tax) on prepared foods? The extra revenue would allegedly go 70% to schools and 30% for other County expenses.

( ) .. Yes -- And I can't wait for another new tax next year!
(x) .. No -- The County needs to fix its spending problem! (53.8%)


Fairfax County Bond Issue -- Transportation

Shall the County go into debt for $120,000,000 to primarily to subsidize Metro, with a tiny amount allegedly going for road maintenance?

( ) .. Yes (66.1%)
(x) .. No -- FCTA's recommendation

Fairfax County Bond Issue -- Parks

Shall the County go into debt for $107,000,000 to maintain and add to County and Regional parks?

( ) .. Yes (65.7%)
(x) .. No -- FCTA's recommendation

Fairfax County Bond Issue -- Human Services

Shall the County go into debt for $85,000,000 to finance the construction and reconstruction of community centers and shelters?

( ) .. Yes (63.2%)
(x) .. No -- FCTA's recommendation