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Voter registration deadline nears

Anyone wishing to vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election has a little less than three weeks to register.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election is Tuesday, Oct. 15, according to Halifax County Registrar Judy Meeler.

On Nov. 5, Halifax County voters will cast ballots for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as for the 60th District House of Delegates.

Also on the ballot are elections for Halifax County Board of Supervisors and Halifax County School Board in ED-2, ED-3 and ED-6, as well as elections in the towns of South Boston and Halifax.

Voters also will decide between two candidates for Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Halifax County Registrar Judy Meeler said Tuesday voters can go to the registrar’s office in the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax to cast absentee ballots in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meeler also said her office would be open two Saturdays prior to the election to accommodate absentee voters, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.

Sept. 20 marked the beginning of the absentee voting process for Virginia voters.

In order to vote absentee, voters must be registered in Virginia and meet one of the eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia absentee ballot application.

For those who are not registered but are eligible for registration, when they register, a voter registration card will be mailed to them by Meeler’s office after their application has been processed.

Eligible voters may cast their ballot by mail or in-person at the Halifax County Registrar’s Office, and applicants must list a qualifying reason for voting absentee.

Absentee applications being mailed or faxed to the general registrar’s office must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Absentee applications may be completed in person at the general registrar’s office no later than Saturday, Nov. 2.

Voters also can cast absentee ballots by mail, with the last day to mail out absentee ballots Oct. 29.

State law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification at the polls, and those requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person.

Acceptable forms of identification include Virginia voter registration card, valid Virginia driver’s license, military ID, any federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID, employer issued photo ID card, concealed handgun permit, valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and the address of the voter or a Social Security card.

A voter who does not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot.

A voter who arrives at the polling place without an acceptable form of identification will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot.

After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her identification so that his/her vote can be counted.

A voter will have until noon the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the identification to the local electoral board.

Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or Virginia residents can check their voter registration status by visiting www.sbe.virginia.gov and clicking on the “Check Voter Registration Status” like, by calling 800-552-9745 or 804-864-8901 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and speaking with staff and volunteers at the Virginia Board of Election Voter Registration Call Center or by calling their local registrar.

For more information about voter registration, voting by absentee ballot or for any other questions, call the Halifax County Registrar’s Office at 476-3322. 

On Nov. 5 Halifax County residents will cast votes for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, Virginia’s 60th District House of Delegates and Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis are on the ballot for governor.

Running for lieutenant governor are Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican E. W. Jackson, and running for attorney general are Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring.

Incumbent Republican James Edmunds II is vying with Democrat Jasper L. Hendricks III for the 60th District House of Delegates seat.

County residents will head to the polls to vote for Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney, with interim commonwealth’s attorney Mike Freshour and Tracy Quackenbush Martin running for that position.

Voters in ED-2, 3 and 6 will have an opportunity to vote for Halifax County Board of Supervisors and Halifax County School Board seats.

Current Supervisor Chairman Tom West is running unopposed in his re-election bid for the ED-2 post.

Incumbent trustee Karen Hopkins and challengers Lisa Hatcher and Ida Terry are running for the ED-2 school board seat.

In ED-3, Ray Owen, Arthur Reynolds Sr. and Earl Womack are running for the board of supervisors currently held by William Fitzgerald, who is not seeking a fourth term on the board.

School Board Chairman Kimberly Farson is running unopposed in her bid for re-election to a second term as the ED-3 representative.

Larry Giordano and John Voss are running for the board of supervisors seat in ED-6, currently held by Wayne Conner, who is not running for re-election to a third term on the board.

Rita Best is challenging incumbent Fay Satterfield for her seat on the Halifax County School Board in ED-6.

In the Town of South Boston, Ed Owens, currently serving as interim mayor, is running for mayor, and Jim Debiec and Margaret Coleman are running for a seat on South Boston Town Council.

That seat was formerly held by Connie Manning and is currently held on an interim basis by former Councilman Morris Bryant.

In the Town of Halifax, Kristy Johnson, who was appointed to the Ward D seat following the resignation of former Councilman Phil Hammond, is seeking the post this fall, and Janice Powell is seeking the seat in Ward A.