The commercials can only mean one thing…election season is upon us. While Election Day may seem a ways off, you can actually start casting your vote today.
Because of a number of changes in election law, I wanted to share with you several important pieces of information to help you prepare for the election. In this email update, you will find information about both early voting and absentee voting. I’ve also included a bit of information on the two constitutional amendments you will see on the ballot.
As a reminder, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register for this November’s election is October 13th. You can register online by clicking here.
Early Voting (In Person)
Beginning Friday, September 18th, voters can cast their ballot early by visiting their registrar’s office in person. This is a great option for voters who may be out of town on Election Day or wish to avoid the lines.
Early voting does not require an application or appointment. Simply show up during normal business hours and ask to cast an early ballot. The deadline for in-person early voting is October 31st.
Several localities will operate satellite locations for early voting. These sites will be staffed by election officials and will provide an alternative to the central registrar’s office. To see if your locality has satellite locations and when they will be available, click here.
Absentee Voting (By Mail)
Absentee voting remains an option for Virginia voters. Absentee voting is done predominately by mail. To request a ballot, click here. This ballot will arrive via US Mail and can be returned by mail or in person.
New this year is the ability to track your absentee ballot. Once you have applied for an absentee ballot, you can track its progress by clicking here.
Please be reminded that the last day to request an absentee ballot is October 23rd. If you have concerns about your ballot being delivered in time to be counted, then I strongly recommend that you either utilize the in-person early voting option or vote at your regular polling location on Election Day.
What’s on my ballot?
All Virginia voters will vote for President/Vice President, US Senate, US House, and two proposed amendments to the state constitution. Depending on where you live, you may also see several local offices on your ballot.
I’ve already received several questions regarding the constitutional amendments. I am voting “YES” on both amendments and encourage you to do the same.
A “YES” vote on Question 1 would create a Redistricting Commission to handle the regular redistricting process, removing the process from the hands of legislators. Several other states have taken this approach to help end gerrymandering. This amendment has the support of both Republicans and Democrats.
A “YES” vote on Question 2 would provide additional tax relief for our disabled veterans. Specifically, the amendment would allow for a veteran with a service connected disability to receive a break on personal property taxes associated with a vehicle. Like Question 1, this amendment is supported by both Republicans and Democrats.
For the full text of both amendments and a more in depth description, click here.
If you have questions about the voting process, don’t hesitate to ask. The best source for accurate information is your local registrar’s office. They will be able to give you answers for your specific locality.
If you need contact information for your local registrar, you can find that by clicking here.
As a final reminder, you can still vote in person on Election Day at your regular polling location. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm.
It remains an honor to represent you and your family in the Virginia House of Delegates. If I can ever be of service to you, please let me know.