The head of Fairfax County’s busy elections office is stepping down after four years of low employee morale and external criticism of a department that manages registration and ballots for an electorate of 700,000 voters. Cameron Quinn, whose four-year term expires Wednesday, submitted a letter to the county’s Electoral Board on Monday evening asking that she not be reappointed. Quinn, who took over Virginia’s busiest elections office in 2011, cited health problems and the stress of overseeing an office that coordinates elections in 241 precincts — pressure that is bound to increase during the 2016 presidential elections.
“I have recognized that, given the health challenges that have manifested since I began this job, it is not prudent to intentionally go through such stress as is engendered by a presidential election year in this position under the current circumstances,” Quinn said in her letter.
In an interview Tuesday, Quinn said that her job has been frustrating at times but that she was able to make important strides.
Among them: upgrading the county’s voting machines and successfully executing closely monitored ballot recounts after last year’s contests between Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Republican Ed Gillespie and the 2013 race between Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) and State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R).