Mason Designated ‘University Precinct’ for Elections

Posted: October 14, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: October 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

By Daniel Walsch

For an institution that has been given a number of labels ranging from “distributed” to “up and coming,” add one more to the list for George Mason University: polling location.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved the creation of a university precinct, comprising primarily the Fairfax Campus, as an on-campus polling place. Mason students had actively petitioned the board for a precinct at Mason.

Beginning with the upcoming Nov. 8 election, persons living in this new district and registered to vote here will be able to vote on campus. The actual voting location will be University Hall, Room 1202, one of the larger and more easily accessible classrooms in the new building.

“Mason students have been requesting a more convenient voting location for some time,” said Sharon Bulova, Board of Supervisors chairman and former Braddock District Supervisor. “A distinct precinct and on-campus voting will make not only students, but faculty and staff as well, feel like they are part of the Fairfax County community.”

This new precinct is the result of recent redistricting in Virginia. Virginia’s General Assembly redistricting plan splits the Woodson precinct, where Mason is located, at the eastern boundary of the campus (Roberts Road), effectively isolating the campus. Persons who believe they might be eligible to vote at this new polling place should contact the Fairfax County Electoral Board for confirmation.

On Election Day, this polling place will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. On that day, classes normally held in the classroom will be relocated. The Office of Events Management is currently in the process of arranging a new meeting place for that one day. Affected faculty will be notified shortly.

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