Virginians Say 'Yes' to Questions 1 and 2
Changes to eminent domain and veto session scheduling pass by wide margins.
Virginia residents voted to pass two amendments to the Virginia Constitution when they went out to the polls Tuesday.
About 75 percent of voters, more than 2.3 million people, voted "yes" to amending the state's eminent domain policies. The measure will prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation.
The measure was a bit less popular in localities such as Fairfax County, where 62 percent of voters decided to pass the amendment.
Question 2, which will allow the General Assembly to postpone its veto session in the event of scheduling conflicts of religious holidays, was much more popular. About 82 percent of voters, or 2.6 million people, said yes to the amendment.
Update (12:05 a.m. Nov. 7, 2012) Fairfax County residents also voted "yes" to both Questions 1 and 2 by a wide margin on Tuesday.
Approximately 63 percent of Fairfax County voters approved of the eminent domain amendment and more than 80 percent approved of allowing the General Assembly to delay its veto session.
Update (9:25 p.m.) Fredericksburg City handily voted "yes" to both Questions 1 and 2.
Approximately 67 percent of voters approved of the eminent domain amendment and more than 80 percent of voters approved of allowing the General Assembly to delay its veto session.
Update: Sen. Barbara Favola told Patch today that if the eminent domain amendment passes, the government will have to pay property owners the fair market value for their land plus anticipated lost profits on the property and that taxpayers will have to shoulder the burden of those costs.
"The cost would be exorbitant," Favola said. "It was the kind of thing people pushed because it looked good on a political brochure. It was something they wanted to wrap themselves around. ...We had people who got on a bandwagon."
She called the proposed amendment "bad public policy" but predicts that voters will pass it.
Original: When Virginians go out to the polls Tuesday, they’ll vote on two Virginia constitutional amendments.
The first amendment, known as Question 1, would prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation. Instead, the seizure of private land would be strictly for public use, such as parks and school buildings. The amendment also requires full compensation of the owner.
The second amendment, or Question 2, would allow the General Assembly to delay its veto session by up to one week in order for the session to avoid interfering with events such as religious holidays.
Patch will update how residents are voting on each question in the table below. Check back at the end of the night to see if the amendments passed or failed, and how your area voted.
These are final, unofficial results from the State Board of Elections; absentee and provisional ballots had not been counted as of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Additionally, in Manassas Park City, the Precinct One had not reported results by 1 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Results by Locality
Question 1: Eminent Domain
Question 2: Veto Session