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‘Old School’ column: Electioneering!

Another Election Day is gone, but its memory lingers. I worked the polls for 20 years at Arlington’s Thrifton precinct and dreaded it every year. I knew it would be a hellaciously long day, since it required a 5 a.m....

Arlington GOP still on hunt for Electoral Board candidates

The Arlington County Republican Committee continues to accept self-nominations for those interested in becoming a member of the Arlington Electoral Board. The election of Republican Glenn Youngkin to the governorship means that all 130-plus local electoral boards across Virginia will...

Editorial: Forget 2022 elections; start thinking about 2023

Maybe we’re all just getting old, gray and crabby, but when we speak with some of those who have given a lifetime of service (or significant portion therein) to Arlington Democratic politics, they tend to bemoan the current state...

Governance task force proposes changes to election structure

A task force empaneled by the Arlington County Civic Federation has proposed a somewhat radical reconfiguration of County Board and School Board elections. But whether the political powers that be in the county and at the state level embrace...

Arlington GOP thinking ahead to state Senate races

Even as they work to determine their candidates for 2022 elections, Arlington Republicans are looking ahead to state Senate races in 2023. Matthew Hurtt, the local GOP’s communications chairman, recently sent out a missive reminding the rank-and-file that the Republican...

Editorial: Is an election mess in the offing?

What a cluster-something-or-other: It’s almost April and there’s still no clarity whether Virginia will be required to run elections for House of Delegates in the fall. For those not watching every twist and turn, a federal judge is still in...

Election office looking for second-in-command

The Arlington elections office is on the hunt for a No. 2. A No. 2 staffer, that is, not pencil. Presumably they have plenty of the latter. Eric Olsen, who served as deputy registrar for two years, in November began duties...

Election officials in wait-and-see mode on election do-over

Yes, Virginia, there may be a rerun of all 100 House of Delegates races in the new year. Maybe not, but possibly. If so, personnel in the Arlington elections office will be ready, they say.“We’ll just have to wait and...

Editorial: A better alternative to instant-runoff voting?

A letter-writer (Brian Stephenson, to be exact) brought to our attention a seldom-mentioned option for changing the current winner-take-all voting process, and we admit that it kind of strikes our fancy. It’s called “approval voting,” and while similar to the...

Vienna leaders mull future of their elections

The Virginia General Assembly this year handed many localities an unwelcome surprise: Starting in 2022, municipal elections will have to be held in November along with other races and referendums crowding the general-election ballot and the prospects of what...
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‘Old School’ column: Carded!

Anyone, who knows me well, knows that I love greeting cards. I send them for all holidays, birthdays, illnesses,...
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