Early voting begins next Friday in Virginia

Pulaski County Citizens have three ways to cast their ballot in November’s election. One of those ways begins next Friday (Sept. 18).

Kathy Webb, Pulaski County’s Registrar and Director of Elections says there are three options for local citizens planning to vote in this year’s election – in-person on Election Day, through early voting and voting by mail.

Option 1:  Election Day is November 3rd.  All polling sites will be open for in person voting.  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Please do not forget your ID,” Webb said, adding “Masks are strongly encouraged and social distancing will be required.”

Option 2:  Virginia now allows for early voting.

Early in-person voting will begin Friday, Sept. 18 and will take place at the Office of the General Registrar at 87 Commerce Street, Pulaski.  Hours are Monday through Friday  8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

“The office will also be open Saturday, October 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,” Webb said. She noted that Saturday, October 31st is the deadline to vote early.  She reminded, “Please do not forget your ID and masks are strongly encouraged and social distancing will be required.”

Option 3:  Vote by Mail.  Voters can request a ballot be mailed to them.

“An application must be received by the Registrar in order for a ballot be mailed.  Applications can be completed online at the Virginia Department of Elections website.  An application can also be mailed to you by calling the Registrar’s Office at 540-980-2111.  The deadline to request a ballot be mailed is October 23rd at 5:00 p.m.,” Webb explained.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES!

According to Webb, the deadline to register to vote or update your information is Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

  • The deadline to request to vote by mail will be Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
  • The deadline to vote early is October 31ST, 2020, at 5:00 pm.

Early In-Person Voting Hours:

  • Monday through Friday beginning September 18th, 2020, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • In addition to these hours, our office will be open two Saturdays for in-person voting – Saturday, October 24th, 2020 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. and Saturday, October 31st, 2020, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY IN PERSON!)

 

BALLOT DROPBOXES ARE AVAILABLE:

AT THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE SEPTEMBER 18TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd AND AT EACH PRECINCT ON ELECTION DAY

The ballot will have the following races:

President and Vice President

Member, United States Senate

Member, House of Representatives, 9th District

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Constitutional Amendment #1

Constitutional Amendment #2

Also on this year’s ballot are two Constitutional Amendments.

One is about whether Virginia should establish a redistricting commission, and the other concerns whether or not to grant some state and local tax relief for veterans.

Here is the exact wording for each of the two amendments:

Constitutional Amendment #1

Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to establish a redistricting commission,

consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth,

that is responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be

subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the

Governor’s involvement and to give the responsibility of drawing districts to the Supreme Court

of Virginia if the redistricting commission fails to draw districts or the General Assembly fails to

enact districts by certain deadlines?

[]Yes

[]No

 

Constitutional Amendment #2

Should an automobile or pickup truck that is owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the

United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent

service-connected, permanent, and total disability be free from state and local taxation?

[]Yes

[]No

 

If you are unsure if you are registered, do not know where you go to vote, or have any other question about the election on Nov. 3, please call the Registrar’s Office at 540-980-2111.  You can also check your registration status online at the Virginia Department of Elections website.  The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 13th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

 

Patriot Staff Report