Editor: We are still analyzing the results of last night’s 2018 mid-term elections and deciding who the winners and losers are. Now, as a nation, we will try to discern what these results portend for 2020.
However, here in Virginia, it seems like we are always having an election and analyzing results (because we are). We have at least one election every year, either state, local or federal. Sometimes we add special elections to “backfill” elected officials who have won other races. Somehow we manage to pull it off without incident. The big part of that “somehow” is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of the Loudoun County Board of Elections and the election officials who work a 15-hour day inside the polls on Election Day. I have been one of these election officials for over 15 years and marvel at the work of Loudoun County Registrar Judy Brown and before her, Dianna Price, as well as Operations Chief Jeff Mangold and all those who work on Miller Drive to make incremental improvements every election. They work behind scenes in the Board of Elections to train election officials, keep up with changes in law (e.g. will provide picture ID for those eligible voters who do not otherwise have ID) and make sure the polls are staffed, that they open and close on time and most importantly that we have voting machines that provide a paper trail for all elections.
So, I want to publicly thank these individuals who have such an important task. Voting integrity is vital in our society and those who work tirelessly to make it so deserve our thanks. Thank you.
Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg