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Five candidates are vying for four seats in the November 5 election, which will be the first time City Council candidates will be on the same ballot as candidates for Virginia legislative districts and statewide races in Virginia. During the forum, Council candidates were asked to address questions created by LWVFC and VPIS as well as randomly selected questions on current issues from both organizations and the audience. More than 75 people attended the forum.
The referendum, which will appear on the November 5 election ballot, seeks voter approval to sell the Falls Church Water Utility to Fairfax Water for $40 million. The terms of the sale, which were negotiated with the assistance of a federal mediator, include a redrawing of Falls Church boundaries to add 38.4 acres, which include the City's middle and high schools. The terms of sale have been approved by the Falls Church City Council, the Fairfax Water Board of Directors, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
At the voter forum, Wyatt Shields, Falls Church City Manager, John Foster, City Attorney, and Charles Murray, General Manager of Fairfax Water Authority, presented information and responded to questions regarding the referendum and the terms of sale. The program was filmed by Falls Church City Cable TV for later broadcast and is available for viewing here.
Thanks to a partnership between the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), citizens can now complete these processes online if they can provide the Virginia DMV customer identifier number that is displayed on driver's licenses or DMV-issued identification cards. Citizens who do not have that number can still fill out the registration application online, but they will be required to print it out and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office.
All voter registration application submissions are subject to review and approval. Citizens will be notified by mail by the local voter registration office once their application has been processed. Go to http://www.SBE.Virginia.gov for more information or to register.
This year, the November 5 election will decide the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, members of the House of Delegates, and for the City of Falls Church, the sheriff, treasurer, commissioner of revenue, and members of the Falls Church City Council and School Board. Here are important dates for this year's election:
-September 20: In-person absentee voting begins in the Registrar's office at City Hall.
-October 15: Last date to register to vote in the November election.
-October 29: Last date to request a mail-in absentee ballot
-November 2: Last day for in-person absentee ballot.
-November 5: Election Day. Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Check this website, http://www.lwvfallschurch.org, for more information about the election and candidates as the election approaches.