Election day in Roanoke County shows drastic changes due to coronavirus pandemic


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Tuesday is election day across Virginia and voters can expect to see some new procedures in place to cast their ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Roanoke County, there are usually 32 precincts. However, in an effort to prevent spreading the coronavirus, the Office of Elections formed five “super precincts” by merging six to eight districts into single polling sites for the June 23 primary election.

Roanoke County Super Precincts:

  • Catawba Magisterial District: Glenvar Middle School at 4555 Malus Drive in Salem
  • Cave Spring Magisterial District: Hidden Valley High School at 5000 Titan Trail in Roanoke
  • Hollins Magisterial District: Mountain View Elementary School at 5901 Plantation Circle in Hollins
  • Vinton Magisterial District: William Byrd High School at 2902 Washington Avenue in Vinton
  • Windsor Hills Magisterial District: Hidden Valley Middle School at 4902 Hidden Valley School Road in Roanoke

The ballot includes three candidates for the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Alissa Baldwin, Daniel Gade, and Thomas Speciale are vying for the chance to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in November’s general election.

There is also a Democratic primary for an open seat in Virginia’s fifth congressional district. The four candidates are R.D. Huffstetler, John Lesinski, Claire Russo, and Cameron Webb.

The person who clinches the Democratic nomination will take on Bob Good — who upset freshman U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman in the Republican primary last week — in November’s general election.

The Roanoke County registrar’s office recommends voters wear face coverings and gloves when they show up to their designated polling location, but it is not required.

In addition, the Office of Elections says there will be medical volunteers inside to help keep people at least six feet apart and sanitize booths after each use. There will also be place markers on the ground and reminders around each super precinct about social distancing.

The registrar’s office also asks voters to bring the card with their assigned poll location with them as they show up to vote. It informs them of which line they need to be in to vote, which election officials say will help keep the expected large crowds move smoothly.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

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