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Campaign signage gets early start in Arlington

If you think political signage has been sprouting earlier than usual on medians across Arlington, you’d be right. The reason? It’s due to how county zoning staff are interpreting the government’s sign ordinance. That ordinance allows political signs to appear in...

Election officials say they are ready for voters

Despite ongoing renovations to the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, Arlington elected officials say they are ready to welcome the electorate once early voting begins Sept. 17. “We have been assured” by county officials of minimal disruptions during the 45...

Arlington Co. Board work session to focus on ranked-choice voting

Arlington County Board members next month will take a closer look at the proposal to impose ranked-choice voting on County Board elections. Board members have slated an Oct. 5 work session with election personnel to discuss the option, which has...

Electoral Board adopts rules for non-in-person participation

After more than a year gathering “virtually,” the Arlington Electoral Board is set to resume in-person meetings. But at the same time, the body has established guidelines for the times individual members cannot participate in person. Electoral Board members on...

Arlington voters coming back to in-person balloting

To borrow from an old saying, reports of the demise of voters queuing up and casting ballots on Election Day appear to have been greatly exaggerated. About two-thirds of Arlington voters casting ballots in the June 8 Democratic primary did...

Arlington election officials to give instant-runoff voting a test run

The first instant-runoff election conducted by Arlington election officials will occur next month. But it’ll be just a trial run. County elections chief Gretchen Reinemeyer told Electoral Board members on June 30 that she wanted to test out voting equipment...

Editor’s Notebook: Back to run-of-the-mill illnesses

My sainted mother used to refer to it as “the creeping crud” – two or three days that began with a stopped-up nose and sore throat, followed by sneezing-sneezing-sneezing, then a cough and finally, 48 or 72 hours later,...

Editorial: Time to scrap polling-place names?

With the current renaming mania sweeping to woke corners of Arlington, county election officials might be wise to follow up on a matter tangentially touched upon at a recent Electoral Board meeting. In a discussion of changing the name of...

Instant-runoff voting seems unlikely for 2021

Despite some pushback from activists, Arlington officials appear in no rush to bring ranked-choice (or “instant-runoff”) voting to November’s County Board race. “That is unlikely,” Arlington director of elections Gretchen Reinemeyer told Electoral Board members recently. County Board members have had...

Arlington election officials could outsource ballot printing, mailing

The Arlington elections office is likely to make use of new state legislation permitting localities to outsource printing, assembling and mailing absentee ballots for future elections. A measure patroned by state Sen. John Bell (D-Broadlands) gives local election office that...
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Marymount professor returns to homeland in STEM initiative

After growing up in Uganda, Marymount University School of Education professor Dr. Usha Rajdev has often returned to her...
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