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In countdown to election, Loudoun is prepared for voting

posted October 31st, 2016

By Sydney Kashiwagi

Judy Brown has overseen elections in Loudoun since the Reagan years.

Thirty-one years ago, she joined the county’s Board of Elections and took over as the General Registrar in 1991.

Over the years, Brown has seen Loudoun voters go from relying entirely on paper and mechanical voting machines to cast their vote, to now using several methods to get their vote in.

“There have been a lot of changes and a lot of things different. I think this year the thing that’s different is we have online voter registration, you can now pull up an absentee ballot online, and so the way people traditionally do things is a lot different,” Brown said.

The State Board of Elections opened online voter registration in July 2013 following legislation enacted by former state Del. David Ramadan (R) that now allows eligible Virginians to submit their voter registration application or update their registration online.

This year, Brown says her office has seen a “large increase” in the amount of absentee ballots they have mailed to Loudoun residents, about a 10 to 15 percent increase compared to four years ago.

Since absentee voting started on Sept. 23, 13,973 absentee ballots have been mailed in to Loudoun’s Board of Elections, 1,477 e-mailed in and 3,717 people have come in-person to cast their absentee votes.

In-person absentee voting ends on Nov. 5 and those mailing in their absentee ballots will need to get them in by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Loudounders who wish to vote early can do so at three locations around the county: the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office in Leesburg, the Cascades Senior Center in Sterling and the Dulles Multipurpose Center in South Riding. …

URL: http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/in_countdown_to_election_loudoun_is_prepared_for_voting745

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Statement from Former Delegate David Ramadan Regarding the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Excessive Greenway Tolls

posted September 9th, 2016

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) rejection of my challenges to the Dulles Greenway’s excessive tolls. In December of 2012, I filed these challenges on behalf of my Loudoun constituents who are forced to either pay exorbitant tolls or sit in ever-growing traffic to drive around the Greenway. I was joined in this effort by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

I would like to thank the Loudoun Board, particularly former Chairman Scott York and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, for their work to join my effort, contribute resources, and direct the Loudoun County Attorney to argue the case, which he did admirably.

In the course of this challenge, I believe we built a strong case that the Greenway was violating the law and contributing to the severe congestion in eastern Loudoun County. Unfortunately, the deck was stacked against us at the SCC, and the Supreme Court elected to defer to the SCC’s authority.

In 2015, I filed legislation (HB2344) (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB2344) that would have alleviated this problem by lowering the current rates, applied distance-based pricing to the Greenway, and limited yearly increases. Unfortunately, the Greenway’s extensive network of special interests which included high paid lobbyists, lawyers and former officials ensured that my bill never saw the light of day.

The rejection of our appeal by the Supreme Court demonstrates that the only way to fix this problem is through legislation. I call on Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Herring, and the entire House and Senate to do what is right and work together to provide relief to Loudoun commuters.


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Trump’s shrinking swing state map – POLITICO

posted September 8th, 2016


Two months from Election Day, Donald Trump’s swing state map is shrinking.

Interviews with more than two dozen Republican operatives, state party officials and elected leaders suggest three of the 11 battleground states identified by POLITICO — Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia — are tilting so heavily toward Hillary Clinton that they’re close to unwinnable for the GOP presidential nominee. But Trump remains within striking distance in the remaining eight states, including electoral giants Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The increasing likelihood that Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia are out of reach heightens the urgency for the Republican nominee to win those still-competitive states — and to recapture steam in Pennsylvania, where he once looked formidable but now trails by 10 points, according to POLITICO’s Battleground States polling average. …

URL: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-swing-state-227869

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Letter to the Editor: Ramadan: Has Bennett lived in the 10th District? | LoudounTimes.com

posted August 24th, 2016

Thursday, Aug. 18

Luann Bennett, the Democrat candidate for Congress in the 10th district, has claimed that she has lived in the 10th district for 32 of the past 35 years. But public statements she herself made, as well as public records, indicate otherwise.

Ms. Bennett purchased a home in Arlington County that she and her then husband, former 8th District Rep. Jim Moran, said was their residence around 2004 when they married. In a 2010 Northern Virginia Magazine interview with her then husband, Jim Moran, the author wrote: “At the Arlington County home that Moran shares with LuAnn Bennett, president and owner of Bennett Group real estate company and his wife of six years, the setting seems suitable enough for a legislator whose biggest fans include conservation groups and the U.S. Humane Society.”

In a 2008 interview, she also claimed to live in that same Arlington home: “Waking up in the master bedroom of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) and wife LuAnn Bennett’s home can feel a bit like waking up outdoors. When Bennett opens her eyes, all she can see is trees through the large glass windows. ‘You feel like you are in a tree house. … It does bring the outdoors in,’ said Bennett of her contemporary home overlooking the Potomac River ….”

While Bennett divorced Moran sometime in 2011, she did not sell this Arlington County home until September 2012. Therefore, for over eight years from 2004-2012 the facts indicate that she lived in Arlington County which is in the 8th district of Virginia.

Then, on April 1, 2014, Bennett posted on her own personal Facebook page, “moved to Washington, District of Columbia” – in other words, she personally and publicly stated that she moved to Washington, D.C.

The home in which she lived was a Ritz Carlton condo in Washington, D.C. purchased in January 2014. She left that statement on her Facebook page until about the time in late 2015 when she decided to run in the 10th district for Congress.

While it is true that several months ago Bennett rented a townhouse in McLean, she has not been living in the 10th district for most of the past 10-12 years. Why is Bennett misrepresenting where she has lived for the past decade or so?

David Ramadan


URL: http://www.loudountimes.com/letters/article/ramadan_has_bennett_lived_in_the_10th_district

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