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11th CD Republican Candidate Didn't Vote in 2010 Connolly-Fimian Election, GOP Primary

by: lowkell

Mon May 21, 2012 at 13:38:07 PM EDT



I'm not a Republican, nor do I play one on TV, but if I were a Republican, a few things from 11th CD Republican congressional candidate Chris Perkins voter file (click on image to "embiggen") would kinda make me go hmmmmm.

First off, notice that Perkins says he's "lived in Fairfax County since 1991," yet he didn't vote in any election for at least a decade(1996-2007) of that period? Wonderful.

Second, since 2008, when Perkins actually did finally start voting on occasion, he still managed to not vote in any primaries (e.g., Keith Fimian vs. Pat Herrity) or municipal elections (e.g., County Board).

Third, also note that Perkins failed to vote in the 2010 general election between Rep. Gerry Connolly and Keith Fimian, an election which Connolly won by a mere 981 votes out of more than 220,000 votes cast. In other words, if 982 Republicans like Perkins had voted, instead of sitting on their butts, Keith Fimian would have defeated Gerry Connolly for Congress. As a Democrat, of course, I'm thrilled that Perkins and 981 other Republicans had better things to do than exercise their core American right (and, I'd argue, duty) to vote. If I were a Republican, though, I might not be too thrilled, nor would I be particularly inclined to support this guy for the 2012 Republican nomination. But then again, I doubt Republicans think like you and me...

P.S. Perkins did find time to support Blue Dog "Democrat" Gene Taylor of Mississippi during the final days of the 2010 campaign, including volunteering on Taylor's campaign for two weeks! Priorities, priorities. According to the FEC, Taylor then gave Perkins $1,000 on May 13, 2011. As I said earlier -- hmmmmm.

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I would be curious as to who is "leaking" this information... (0.00 / 0)
...and why it was to a pretty well known Democrat (if it came directly to you Lowell).

If he was in the military, its possible that he was legally domiciled in Fairfax County but was not living here for long stretches of time, which could account for this limited voting record.

I don't think limited voting should be a disqualifier for public office, but I don't think it is out of bounds to ask about it.


Or Legally Domiciled in Another State (0.00 / 0)
And paying no VA income taxes while domiciled and voting in that other state.

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Hadn't thought of that... (0.00 / 0)
...but that could also be a good explanation.  At least he wasn't voting in two places at once!

I've never understood the legal status of military families who are stationed in VA.  They seem to be able to avoid registering cars/getting driver's licenses/paying personal property taxes, etc., but legally so.  Is that correct?


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Tax Code (0.00 / 0)
The Virginia tax code is full of exemptions for military families. As for driver's licenses...beats me. However, the state bends over backwards to give the military the right to vote. I'm sure many of them are concerned more about other things, but many vote regularly.

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In a Nutshell (0.00 / 0)
Federal law allows military personnel (and some qualifying military spouses) to retain residency in states where they have legal domicile as defined by the law. They pay taxes there if there is a state tax. They vote there too.

Virginia requires vehicles garaged here to be registered here and this is driven by some insurance regulations.

You can keep the driver's license of your state of domicile and in some states they do not expire so long as you remain on active duty. But you can obtain a driver's license in Virginia.

Military personnel on active duty do not pay the car tax or for local car stickers.

Everyone pays real property tax where ever that property is.

Everyone pays sales tax for purchases off base.


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But, That Makes Him a Guest, Not a Legal Resident (0.00 / 0)
during all those years.

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Registration Date (0.00 / 0)
He registered in Virginia in January 2006. I don't know where his military service took him, or even if he was active duty in 2006 and later; however, military personnel vote by absentee ballot in the state they are registered in. As of 2006 that would be Virginia. There always is a substantial military vote in Virginia because of the bases here.

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Using VAN data like this is irresponsible (4.00 / 1)
1) That data is not an official record, and it can be wrong. It is an augmented, imported copy of SBE records, and is editable by volunteers.

2) Whoever provided you with this screenshot violated their access agreement and should have their account revoked.

With power comes responsibility, and this is an irresponsible use of voter file data. I don't give a damn who this is or what you think they did or didn't do - this use of that data is a direct violate of FCDC's data access policies.


In general, what are the rules about use of... (0.00 / 0)
...the SBE records.  Who is allowed access to them, and under what terms?

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Use of the VAN (0.00 / 0)
must be consistent with Virginia code on use of voter file information. "Political purposes" are expressly allowed. Selling the data to a telemarketer is not allowed. Sharing public information with the public is fine. Someone could go to the Fairfax registrar and get this information in raw data form. This just happens to be a screenshot.

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Thank you. (0.00 / 0)
You could have an interesting philosophical discussion about whether a particular voter's voting history should be publicly available.  On balance, I am in favor of public disclosure, but if that information is made available, it should be made available on-line.

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It's not that the data can't be had... (0.00 / 0)
...it's that this particular manner of obtaining it is against VA Dems use policy, and whoever provided this screenshot to Lowell did so against that policy and should have their account revoked. VA Dems buys the voting history and voter registration data from SBE and then imports it into VAN specifically for campaigns to use for voter contact. That data is not for redistribution. Any political entity wishing to purchase the data separately can do so from the SBE.

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