Weekly Update October 21 2022

Let the countdown begin! We are 17 days away from the General Election and early voting has already begun. There is a lot at stake in this election, so I encourage you to learn about your voting opportunities as soon as possible. Due to redistricting, your Congressional District may have changed for the upcoming election. 

Visit https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov to confirm your Congressional District and familiarize yourself with the candidates. Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors. 

FairfaxVotes.org is your one-stop destination for voting information in Fairfax County. From here, you can register to vote, check your registration, learn about ways to vote, and check early in-person voting dates and locations for the November 8th General Election

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The 2023 Session of the General Assembly is just around the corner! Please continue sharing your ideas for new legislation by contacting my Chief of Staff, Madison McCabe, in my district office at [email protected]. The deadline for drafting new bills is quickly approaching, so please send your ideas as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you and having you participate in the legislative process.  


Delegate Kathleen Murphy

Route 7 Upcoming Lane Closures for Oct. 23-28, 2022 

Crews will be performing excavation and fill operations, clearing, storm pipe work, paving and other construction-related activities on Oct. 23-28 along eastbound and westbound Route 7 and on other neighborhood streets. 

As a reminder, drivers will experience lane shifts on Route 7, traffic pattern changes on neighborhood streets, and detours along the corridor. Please see the related traffic alerts. Temporary road closures are listed here.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit along Route 7 has been temporarily reduced to 45 miles per hour in active work zones between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, it is illegal to hold a handheld personal communications device (e.g., your smartphone) while driving a moving motor vehicle on Virginia highways. Click here for more information, including details on the five exceptions to this law.

Early Voting Has Already Begun!

Early voting is open to allow voters to vote before Election Day. All registered voters in Virginia are eligible to vote early in person, no excuse required. 

If you reside in Fairfax County, please follow this link for information about the hours and days of operation. An additional 13 early voting sites will open on October 27th and information for those can be found using the same link.

If you reside in Loudoun County, please follow this link for important dates and deadlines for the upcoming general election. Additional early voting sites will open on October 24th and information for those can be found using the same link.

You’ll recall that redistricting took place last year and as a result you may be in a different Congressional district! Please check your registration information here to be sure you vote at the correct polling place.

Vote By Mail

For voters who already requested them, their absentee ballots will begin to arrive in the mail after September 23. To vote by mail, you must apply by October 28 at 5 p.m., and any registered voter can absentee vote by mail without needing a reason or excuse.

The fastest and most secure way to apply is online on the Virginia Department of Elections website. You’ll also be able to track the status of your application, as well as when your ballot is mailed to you. Your Virginia driver’s license number is needed to apply online, along with the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you don’t want to mail back your cast ballot, you can return it at a drop-off box at any early voting site during the hours they’re open. There also is a 24-hour secure, drop-off box available outside the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Pkwy).

For more information about early voting, voting by mail, and required identification, read the Early Voting Begins Sept. 23 for Nov. 8 Congressional Midterm Elections article, or visit the Office of Elections website.

Remember to VOTE!

Volunteer to be a Poll Worker on Election Day

Election Day is November 8th! Volunteers will be greeting voters and offering them a sample Democratic ballot or the option of taking a picture of our large sample ballot. The sample ballots are the best way to make sure voters choose our candidates! Sign up here.

Watch this video for helpful instructions on volunteering at the polls:

Please direct questions to precinct captain Janelle Lewis at [email protected] or 617-359-8938.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 29th: Drug Take Back Day

Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Police stations and area pharmacies provide permanent drug disposal drop boxes where you can safely dispose of your unused or expired medications anytime of the year. For more information, visit the How to Dispose of Your Unused or Expired Medications website.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Click here for a map of locations. 

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