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Absentee voting for Nov. 5 election begins today

In-person absentee voting for the Nov. 5 election began today, Sept. 20, at the Fairfax County Government Center and starts Sept. 28 at seven satellite locations throughout the county. Saturday in-person absentee voting will be available Sept. 28 through Nov. 2.

In addition, absentee ballots will begin to be mailed from the Office of Elections today to those whose applications have been received; absentee ballots will then be mailed daily. The deadline to submit an application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Oct. 29. The ballot includes elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, Fairfax County sheriff and the House of Delegates, as well as a school bond referendum. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election is 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

In-person absentee voting, which is available to anyone who is eligible to vote absentee, is available at the Office of Elections, Suite 323 in the Fairfax County Government Center, starting today. The satellite locations are Franconia Governmental Center, North County Human Services Building, Mount Vernon Governmental Center, Mason Governmental Center, Sully District Government Center, Dolley Madison Library, and the West Springfield Governmental Center.

For more information on registration or absentee voting, including the in-person absentee voting schedule, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections.

County puts more financial information online

Fairfax County has launched a new fiscal transparency section of its website that allows users to search county expenditures by time period, agency or type of expenditure. The page includes both county and public schools expenditures because county agencies and the public school system are now using the same financial systems.

The information is updated monthly.

Supervisor Pat Herrity praised the move, which he said has been one of his top priorities since he took office in 2008.

“Being more transparent means being more accountable to the people we serve — our residents,” Herrity said in a released statement. “My hope is that people will take the time to see where our money goes, and we can have a constructive conversation on how to do things better and more efficiently.”

The new website can be viewed at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Transparency.

Roads to close in Vienna Oct. 4, 5

Several road closures will be in effect in the Town of Vienna on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, because of community events.

On Oct. 4, Va. 123 (Maple Avenue, within Vienna) will close just before evening rush hour, from 3 to 4 p.m., for the James Madison High School Homecoming Parade.

There are two events that will affect vehicular traffic in the town on Oct. 5. In the morning, the Navy Federal Credit Union 5K will require the closure of several roads in the neighborhoods surrounding the credit union offices from 9 to 11 a.m.: Follin Lane, Echols Street, East Street SE, Berry Street, Locust Street, Branch Road, Glyndon Street, Park Street, Manvell Road, Talahi Road, Moore Avenue, Tapawingo Road, Adahi Road and Electric Avenue.

Church Street will be closed from Center Street to Mill Street from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the town’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.