Voters: reminders and important dates

From the Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters office, the following reminders arrived this week for those wishing to vote in this November’s general election:

First: Voters in the Stonewall/Hawthorne (Scrabble) district are reminded that they now need to vote at the Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company hall at 593 Castleton View Rd. The district’s polling place is no longer Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. There will be signs for voters to follow to the new location. 

Important dates: Oct. 15 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election. In-person absentee voting is available until 4 p.m. Nov. 3. The registrar’s office will be open 8 to 4 on the last two Saturdays before the election, according to acting registrar Kimberly McKiernan.

New registrants, and voters who have moved here from out of state, have a five-day waiting period between registering and being able to submit an absentee vote. Students and others registering to vote absentee should submit their applications as soon as possible to ensure their ballots arrive in time.

The registrar’s office is open 8 to 4 weekdays (and on those last two Saturdays before Nov. 6).

“We encourage people to register, fill out Virginia absentee ballot applications and make any changes to their mailing addresses as soon as possible to avoid long lines closer to the election,” McKiernan said. 

A final reminder: Voters need to bring an ID on Election Day. You can no longer vote simply by signing an affirmation of identity. Voter ID cards are fine, as are drivers’ licenses. For a complete list of acceptable IDs, visit www.sbe.virginia.gov, the state Board of Elections’ website where voters can also check their registration status, read this election’s proposed constitutional amendments and download an absentee ballot application. 

If anyone has any questions or concerns, contact the registrar’s office at 540-675-5380.

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