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Virginia House of Delegates 48th District!
As redrawn in 2011, Virginia’s 48th Delegate District includes the area in Northern Virginia covering north Arlington, as well as much of McLean from the Arlington border to the Beltway. It also runs along the Potomac from Chain Bridge to National Airport and Crystal City.
I’m proud to have represented the 48th District’s citizens in Richmond since 1998. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about my background, the legislation I have championed in Richmond, and my stand on issues that matter to Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth.
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Richmond – Delegate Bob Brink (D – Arlington) has introduced two pieces of legislation that will improve the voter referendum petition process in order to prevent fraud.
Both bills directly address irregularities discovered during the signature gathering process for a 2010 Arlington County referendum which would have changed the County’s governmental structure. After petitions had been turned in, there were numerous reports where the description of the person who signed the forms as petition circulator didn’t match the description of the individual actually gathering the signatures. House Bill 1646 will require that both the front and back of each petition page identify the name and address of the petition circulator.
It was also learned that the majority of the pages of signatures were attested to by a notary public who was also the campaign manager for the referendum effort, and therefore had a clear interest in notarizing enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. To prevent a repeat of this situation, House Bill 1690 tightens up the conflict of interest provisions of the Virginia code for notaries public.
“Last year’s referendum effort in Arlington taught us valuable lessons about weaknesses in the petition signature gathering process,” Delegate Brink explained. “Learning from that experience and passing this corrective legislation will help protect the integrity of voter referenda.”