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    Polling place carry

    I recently moved from Fairfax to Prince William County and my new polling location does not appear to be a school. Does that mean I can OC/CC there? Anyone else voting there and knows the rules? Here is the location info:

    DEVELOPMENT SERVICES BUILDING

    5 County Complex Court
    Woodbridge VA 22192

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    If it is not a school or a courthouse and is a county or state owned building I see no reason why you should not be able to carry there. Carry in local government buildings is covered by Virginia's preemption law.

    Cite.

    I served as an election official here in Fairfax County for the November election. It was in a library and I carried the entire time without incident. Unfortunately, when I serve in March for the Republican primary, I will be in a school, so no carry for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsd View Post
    If it is not a school or a courthouse and is a county or state owned building I see no reason why you should not be able to carry there. Carry in local government buildings is covered by Virginia's preemption law.

    Cite.

    I served as an election official here in Fairfax County for the November election. It was in a library and I carried the entire time without incident. Unfortunately, when I serve in March for the Republican primary, I will be in a school, so no carry for me.
    Didn't you do a very detailed writeup of your Polling Place experience SD?
    If it was you, might be good to link it for the new folks.
    Last edited by peter nap; 02-21-2012 at 02:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    Didn't you do a very detailed writeup of your Polling Place experience SD?
    If it was you, might be good to link it for the new folks.
    As requested.

    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...ad.php?t=95820
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    Thanks for the responses guys. From everything I'm seeing this building is publicly owned and does not fall into a list of prohibited places, so I should be ok. So I guess my question was more of a sanity check to see if I'm overlooking something and also to see if there is anyone here who votes at the same location and has first hand experience carrying there.

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    Never had a problem

    In 2009, 2010, and 2011 I voted with my Taurus 45 OC. The little old ladies got wide eyed, but nobody said anything. I vote in a "Community Center" not a school.

    I am not sure how they work it in NOVA any more as I escaped there in 1983. I moved to Richmond for a quieter and slower pace for my life and my children, but now my middle daughter and her husband have bought a house up there.

    What they were thinking I will never know.

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    I vote in a church w/school, so I don't OC.

    I do like to use my CHP as my government ID. It usually gets passed around before I get the OK to vote.

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