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  • Ms. Quinn said her office had twice tried to get funding to do an all-county mailing of voter cards, which list polling places, but with tight budgets it had not been possible.

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  • Coupled with a new federal classification requiring the county to provide Spanish-language voting material for English-deficient Hispanic voters, a new voter identification law in the state, and the fact that it's a presidential year, Ms. Quinn said the issue is more than just adjusting for an increased workload.

    Fairfax works to minimize potential voting chaos →

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