What you need to know to vote
Rappahannock County voters will cast ballots next Tuesday, Nov. 7, for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, 18th District House of Delegates representative, and two seats apiece on the county supervisors and school board.
Polling places — all the usual volunteer firehouses in Castleton, Amissville, Chester Gap, Flint Hill, Washington, and Sperryville — will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters must display a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, student identification, or passport.
Unofficial election results will be posted by the Rappahannock News at rappnews.com as quickly as Tuesday’s votes are tabulated.
Voters can cast absentee ballots through Saturday, Nov. 4. The county registrar of voting office on Gay Street will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Candidates for governor include Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie, and Libertarian Clifford Hyra. There are two choices for lieutenant governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel. And finally the lineup for attorney general is Democrat Mark Herring and Republican John Adams.
Contenders for the House of Delegates seat for the 18th District are Democrat Tristan Shields, Republican incumbent Michael Webert, and Green Party member Will King.
For Rappahannock County Board of Supervisor, Piedmont District incumbent Supervisor Mike Biniek is being challenged by Christine Smith; while Stonewall-Hawthorne incumbent Supervisor Chris Parrish is opposed by write-in candidate David Konick.
Stonewall-Hawthorne incumbent School Board Member Larry Grove is running unopposed for reelection, as is first time Piedmont District School Board candidate Rachel Bynum.
Rappahannock voters will step up to new state-of-the-art Dominion Voting machines, which are highly efficient and feature state of the art security standards to ensure data integrity and public confidence.
“There’s not a whole lot that can go wrong with them,” Rappahannock County Director of Elections Kim McKiernan tells the News. And she says don’t be intimidated, the machines are simple to operate.
The same voting machines now found in Rappahannock are deployed by the hundreds-of-thousands worldwide: from the Philippines and Mongolia, to Canada, New York and now downtown Castleton.