Early in-person voting to end Saturday, voters head to the polls on Tuesday

By Staff Reports

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A registered voter needing to vote early may do so by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 by visiting the Registrar’s Office, located in the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building, 106 Rucker St., Room 216C, Stuart, VA 24171.

In addition to being open Saturday, the office also opens Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voters are also reminded to bring an acceptable form of identification with them on Election Day, as Virginia law requires that all voters present an acceptable form of identification when voting.

For additional information call the Registrar’s Office at (276) 694-7206.

A sample ballot is printed in this newspaper showing the names of the candidates, the proposed constitutional amendments, and the local referendum.

Proposed Amendment I would affect redistricting. It reads “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?”

Officials have said the proposal would provide for the creation of a bipartisan commission to draw new district lines. The commission would submit its’ proposal to legislators, who may vote up or down, but cannot make changes to the proposal. If legislators are unable to agree with the commission’s proposal, the Supreme Court of Virginia would draw or modify the lines.

Proposed Amendment 2 regards state and local taxation of an automobile owned by a disabled veteran. It reads “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?”

The ballot also includes a referendum on local sales tax, with voters to determine whether to increase the sales tax by one percent until the July 28, 2040 expiration date.

Revenues from the increase will be set aside specifically for school construction and major renovation. The funds will not be deposited into the county’s General Fund, officials have said.

Voters with questions about in-person voting or any other aspect of the  November 3, 2020 election may call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745, email the department at info@elections.virginia.gov, visit www.elections.virginia.gov or contact your local registrar.

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