Alexandria, VA – When Anna Leider began serving as an election official, Alexandria had 67,400 registered voters and 24 polling places. Today there are now 98,200 registered voters and 30 polling places., and she has helped manage over 40 elections, including four presidential ones plus three statewide or regional recounts.
Leider announced her retirement this past month. Jack Powers, Secretary of the City’s three-member electoral board said, “The Alexandria Electoral Board (AEB) has enjoyed the fruits of Anna’s leadership for many years. She is an outstanding administrator and supervisor, a gifted leader, and a talented employee. We will miss Anna in the multitude of roles she has filled for us under the Federal and State elections laws. We are already proceeding to fill her position and that makes it abundantly clear what Anna did for the voters of Alexandria. We will miss Anna immensely.”
Leider grew up in Alexandria, attending Alexandria City Public Schools and graduating from T.C. Williams High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Amherst College and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. She also studied early Renaissance art in a master’s program at the University of Chicago.
Before she began working as a full-time election official, Leider owned a small educational publishing company in Alexandria. She also served on the City’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee and 250th Anniversary Commission.
The position of General Registrar is established by the Constitution of Virginia for each city and county. Each registrar is appointed by a local electoral board, which is in turn appointed by the judges of the circuit court. The registrar’s statutory responsibilities include operating a local office and voter registration services, maintaining voter registration records, certifying candidates for local office and providing a local elections administration.