Bipartisan Commission Presents Election Process Improvement Report to Board of Supervisors


March 19, 2013 

News Highlights

  • The Board of Supervisors created the bipartisan commission on Nov. 20, 2012 in response to voter concerns regarding the November 2012 Election.
  • The study includes 50 recommendations for short-term and long-term improvements.  
  • Full report with recommendations and additional information available online.

The Fairfax County Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission presented its report including 50 election improvement recommendations to the Board of Supervisors during the regular board meeting Tuesday, March 19. The recommendations address equipment and technology, resource allocation, absentee voting, election officers, precinct locations and requirements, among other issues.  The commission was created by the Board of Supervisors in November 2012, in response to voter complaints about long lines and other concerns during the November 2012 Election.

The 26-member commission was co-chaired by two former members of the Board of Supervisors, Katherine K. Hanley, who served as both chairman and Providence District supervisor, and Stuart Mendelsohn, former Dranesville District supervisor.  The commission members represented each of the nine magisterial districts, two representatives appointed at-large by the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, as well as representatives from communities and organizations throughout the county.

In providing the recommendations, the commission noted that although there is an election every year in Virginia, voter turnout fluctuates depending on the ballot. “While planning and resource allocation should recognize the differences of each election, the voting process must accommodate all voters who wish to vote without undue delay and undue complication every year.”

For the report, comparisons were made between the 2012 presidential election year and 2008, the previous presidential election year:

  • Voter turnout in 2012 was 80.5 percent; an increase from 2008 when it was 78.7 percent.
  • In 2012, 92,540 (17.2 percent of total voters) absentee ballot applications were requested; a decrease from 2008 when 107,145 (20.4 percent of total voters) absentee ballot applications were requested.

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