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In day of decisions, it all comes down to you

Halifax County voters will make a host of decisions when they go to the polls Tuesday, including voting for the next U.S. President and Vice-President, a U.S. Senator and 5th District Congressman, Halifax Town Council and Virgilina Town Council and two constitutional amendments.

Virginia election officials are preparing for another high voter turnout on Election Day when polls open at 6 a.m. 

Incumbent Democratic President Barack H. Obama Jr. and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are vying for the highest elected office in the land.

Obama’s vice-presidential running mate is incumbent Vice President Joe Biden, and Romney’s vice presidential running mate is United States Representative for Wisconsin Paul Ryan.

Other presidential candidates on the ballot include Constitution Party candidates Virgil Goode running for president and his vice presidential running mate Jim Clymer; Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson seeking the office of president, and James P. Gray running for vice president; and Green Party candidates Jill Stein for president and Cheri Honkala for vice president.

Voters also will have a choice between two former governors seeking election to the position of U. S. Senate — Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine — who are vying for the U. S. Senate seat currently held  by Seantor Jim Webb who decided not to seek re-election.

Also on Tuesday’s ballot are candidates for the 5th District House of Representatives seat including Republican incumbent 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt, Democrat challenger John Douglass and Independent Green challenger Kenneth Hildebrandt.

Four candidates are seeking two seats on Halifax Town Council Tuesday including incumbents Holt Evans and William “Bill” Confroy” and challengers Ronnie Duffey and Mike Sexton.

Also seeking election as a write-in candidate to the Ward B seat on Halifax Town Council is former Halifax County School Superintendent Dennis Witt. 

Seven incumbents seeking reelection on Virgilina Town Council Tuesday include Mayor Ralph Murray Jr. and council members Samuel Torain III, Kirke C. Hooper, Catherine Ellixson, Thomas Keith Tuck Jr., Jason Johnson and Norman Talley.

Two proposed constitutional amendments also appear on Tuesday’s ballot.

One prohibits local governments from taking property for private gain or economic development, and a second amendment to the state Constitution would allow the General Assembly to delay up to a week the starting date for a reconvened session when legislators meet to consider the governor’s amended or vetoed bills.

Question 1 involves the Virginia Eminent Domain Amendment, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure would prohibit eminent domain from being used for private enterprise, job creation, tax revenue generation or economic development, thereby restricting it to only being invoked to take private land for public use.

Specifically, it would update a 2007 law that states private property can be taken only when the public interest dominates the private gain. 

The question asks whether eminent domain shall be exercised only where the property taken is for public use, except for utilities or for the elimination of a public nuisance, and whether such takings shall be forbidden if the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private increasing of jobs or tax revenue, or economic development.

Question 2 involves the Virginia Veto Session Amendment.

The Virginia Veto Session Amendment also is on the ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would allow the legislature to delay the start of its veto session by up to one week. 

The stated intention of the measure is to prevent the veto session from starting on a holiday.

Election officials will be at each polling place Tuesday to assist voters in the election process.

The polls will close at 7 p.m.