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. …Read More