Friday, December 18, 2009

Absentee Voting Starts Today In 37th Senate District

During any election it's obviously extremely important to make sure your supporters actually make it out to the polls. With the special election coming up in the 37th Senate District on January 12, this will be harder to do than usual because people simply aren't necessarily going to be aware of the date of the election (hints why Dave Marsden's yard signs have the date of the election on them). One way of making sure that people don't forget to vote is to have those who qualify vote absentee. That is why Dave Marsden's campaign sent out an email reminding people that absentee voting starts today.
Today marks an important milestone in our quest to take the 37th State Senate seat and prevent one-party Republican rule here in Virginia: Absentee voting in-person begins today. That’s right – a mere 25 days from the election, voters have already begun casting their ballots for Dave Marsden, and I hope you will join them. You may vote absentee in-person at the Fairfax County Government Center, Office of Elections, (12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232) from today until January 8th, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday, January 9th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

If you think you may not be able to get to the polls for any reason on Tuesday January 12th – including if you will be on vacation or if you will commute outside of Fairfax County on Special Election Day - you can vote absentee, and please encourage your friends and family to do the same. You can also request an absentee ballot by mail here.
So if you live in the 37th Senate District, there's really no excuse to not find the time to vote. I'm also very glad to see that the Marsden campaign is actively promoting this because it means they are looking at all the available ways to turn out their base. I know that seems like common sense that should be taught in Politics 101, but I've seen far too many campaigns fail to do so. In a close race that will have low turnout, following through on the basics could prove to be very beneficial.

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