County election office prepares for close race
Quietly, political signs for this year’s elections have slowly popped up and before long voters will be deciding who is the best candidate for the job.
As the days wind down, County Registrar Kris Hicks and her staff are preparing for returning voters and new ones for the Nov. 5 General Election. Compared to the last gubernatorial race in 2009, there will be 609 additional registered voters in Westmoreland County. But whether all will participate in what has been a close race for the governor’s seat is in question. Last time, of the 11,167 a mere 37 percent cast a ballot.
In addition to choosing a new governor and lieutenant governor, voters will decide on a new attorney general as well as some local candidates. No one is opposing Republican Margaret Bevans Ransone’s seat in the House of Delegates for the 99th District.
Democrat Terry R. McAuliffe, Republican Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II and Liberatarian Robert C. Sarvis are seeking to replace Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.
State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) and Republican E.W. Jackson are vying for Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s position. Candidates running for Cuccinelli’s seat are state Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) and Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg).
Next year, local seats will be up for grabs including two on the Montross Town Council, three on the Colonial Beach Town Council, two on the Colonial Beach School Board and two for the U.S. Senate.
If voters wish to miss waiting in line, avoid peak voting times at the polls such as early morning, lunchtime and after work hours. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
A total of six poll locations are being offered in Westmoreland County on Nov. 5. Voters are given their voting location address that can be found on their voter identification cards. Voters will be asked to provide a voter identification card to vote, Hicks said, adding that driver’s licenses are acceptable. Virginia has passed a photo identification law requiring a particular ID, but that will not take effect until July 1, 2014.
Cell phones are not to be used inside the polling areas.
Applications to vote absentee by mailed ballot may also be made by mail, electronic transmission or fax to the registrar’s office by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.
For more information or questions, contact 804-493-8898 or visit www.sbe.virginia.gov.
District 1—Precinct 1: Kinsale Fire Station at 123 Yeocomico Lane Kinsale, VA 22488; District 1—Precinct 2: A.T. Johnson Human Services Building at 18849 Kings Highway Montross, VA 22520; District 2: Cople Elementary School at 7114 Cople Highway Hague, VA 22469; District 3: Washington & Lee High School at 16380 Kings Highway Montross, VA 22520; District 4: Oak Grove Fire Station at 121 James Monroe Highway, Colonial Beach, VA 22443; and District 5: Colonial Beach Town Center, 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.
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