5 Things to Know for Election Day 2019

Published on October 28, 2019

vote_pin_badge-e1540832586988.jpg Election Day 2019 is fast approaching. From what's on the ballot to what you need to bring with you, we've rounded up the information you need to know before heading to the polls. 

 Who's on the Ballot

The Nov. 5 election will feature eight races that represent Arlington County ― two in state office and six local elections. 

Depending on where you live, you will have a different Virginia Senate and House District. To find your correct district—and polling place—go to the Virginia Department of Elections website, enter your Information, then scroll down to get your district information. Here are the candidates in each district: 

  • State Senate 30th District: Incumbent Adam P Ebbin (D), unopposed  

  • State Senate 31st District: Incumbent Barbara A. Favola (D), unopposed 

  • State Senate 32nd District: Incumbent Janet D. Howell (D), Arthur G. Purves (R) 

  • House of Delegates 45th District: Incumbent Mark H. Levine (D), unopposed 

  • House of Delegates 47th District: Incumbent Patrick A. Hope (D), unopposed 

  • House of Delegates 48th District: Incumbent Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr. (D), unopposed 

  • House of Delegates 49th District: Incumbent Alfonso H. Lopez (D), Terry W. Modglin (I) 

Locally, two seats on the Arlington County Board, the Commonwealth's Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and one seat on the Arlington County School Board are up for reelection. 

On the County Board, incumbent Democrats Kate A. "Katie" Cristol and Christian E. Dorsey are facing challengers Audrey R. Clement and Arron O'Dell, both Independents. For the School Board, incumbent Reid S. Goldstein is running unopposed. 

Running unopposed are Democrats Parisa Dehghani-Tafti for Commonwealth's Attorney, incumbent Elizabeth F. "Beth" Arthur for Sheriff, incumbent Ingrid H. Morroy for Commissioner of Revenue, and incumbent Carla F. de la Pava for Treasurer.  

There are no bond questions or constitutional amendments on the 2019 ballot. 

MORE: Review a sample ballot 

Where (and When) to Vote

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents must be in line at their polling place by closing to be eligible to cast a ballot. 

Not sure where to vote? Find your polling place on the Virginia Department of Elections website.  

Worried you won't have time to vote on Election Day? In-person absentee voting runs through Nov. 2 at the Bozman Government Center (2100 Clarendon Blvd.) on the third level. 

  • Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. Oct. 29—Oct. 31)

  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voters can complete an absentee ballot application when they arrive. 

MORE: Review absentee eligibility requirements 

What to Bring

All Virginia voters must show a photo ID at the polls or when voting in-person absentee. 

Acceptable forms of photo IDs: 

  • A Virginia driver's license or DMV ID card  

  • Any ID issued by the U.S. Government, Virginia Government or any Virginia local government, provided it contains a photograph. Examples include: •Passport 

  • Military ID 

  • Naturalization certificate 

  • TSA Global Entry card 

  • An employer ID with photograph 

  • A student ID card, with photograph, from any Virginia college, university, or private school 

Remember, out-of-state driver's licenses will not be accepted! 

MORE: Review the Photo ID Q&A  

If you have an expired photo ID, you may still use it if the expiration date is within 12 months of Election Day. You do NOT need a new REAL ID compliant ID. 

Don't think you have the right ID to vote? You can obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only at the Office of Elections, located in the Bozman Government Center (2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320). 

Voters who forget to bring their IDs but are otherwise qualified to vote can fill out a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots will not be counted unless a voter provides the Electoral Board with a copy of a valid ID no later than noon on the third business day after the election. 

How to Get Help

If you have questions about Election Day or any of the voting or ID requirements, contact Arlington Office of Elections at 703-228-3456 or stop by the Bozman Government Center (2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 320). 

You can also go to vote.arlingtonva.us for additional resources. 

Have questions while at your polling place? Ask a poll worker! They are there to help. Also, you can ask for a new ballot if you make a mistake while casting your votes. 

How to Help

Sign up to help out at your location polling place. Any registered Virginia voter who doesn't hold an elected office or work for an elected official is eligible to work at the polls. You must be available all day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later on Election Day.  

As a poll worker, you will set up precincts for the election, check voters' names off precinct lists, provide assistance and instructions in using the voting machines, and tabulate the election results. A two-hour training class is provided. Poll workers receive $175 for the day. 

MORE: Apply to work at the polls