Local elections to take place Tuesday in Virginia. Here’s how it will work.

Coronavirus

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Election Day will look a little different this May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, May 19, General and Special Elections are scheduled to take place in 56 localities across the Commonwealth.

Town council, city council, and school board races in southwest Virginia include:

  • Appomattox County – Mayor (Town of Appomattox)
  • Appomattox County – Town Council Member (Town of Appomattox)
  • Appomattox County – Proposed Charter Changes (Town of Appomattox)
  • Appomattox County – Mayor (Town of Pamplin)
  • Appomattox County – Town Council Member (Town of Pamplin)
  • Danville City – City Council Member
  • Danville City – School Board Member
  • Carroll County – Town Council Member (Pine Creek Ward)
  • Carroll County – Town Council Member (Piper’s Gap Ward)
  • Carroll County – Mayor (Town of Hillsville)
  • Halifax County – Mayor (Town of South Boston)
  • Halifax County – Town Council Member (Town of South Boston)
  • Halifax County – Town Council Member (Town of Scottburg)
  • Halifax County – Mayor (Town of Scottsburg)
  • Grayson County – Town Council Member (Town of Independence)
  • Grayson County – Town Council Member (Town of Fries)
  • City of Galax – Town Council Member
  • Franklin County – Town Council Member (Town of Rocky Mount)
  • Franklin County – Town Council Member (Town of Boones Mill)
  • Franklin County – Mayor (Town of Boones Mill)
  • City of Lynchburg – City Council Member (First Ward)
  • City of Lynchburg – City Council Member (Second Ward)
  • City of Lynchburg – City Council Member (Third Ward)
  • City of Lynchburg – City Council Member (Fourth Ward)
  • City of Salem – City Council Member
  • Roanoke County – Town Council Member (Town of Vinton)
  • Roanoke County – Mayor (Town of Vinton)
  • City of Radford – School Board Member
  • City of Radford – City Council Member
  • Pulaski County – Town Council Member (Town of Pulaski)
  • Pulaski County – Mayor (Town of Pulaski)
  • Pulaski County – Town Council Member (Town of Dublin)
  • Pulaski County – Mayor (Town of Dublin)
  • Wythe County – Town Council Member (Town of Wytheville)
  • Wythe County – Town Council Member (Town of Rural Retreat)

In April, Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order moving back local and state elections scheduled for May 5 to May 19.

Elections officials are expected to follow safety protocols and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In Danville, new procedures have already been put into place:

What precinct officials expect from the voters: 

  • Respect the six-foot social distancing rule.
  • Respect directions on where to stand as they go through the check-in and voting process.
  • Wear their face mask if they have one.
  • Only the voter comes into the precinct. Do not bring children to the polls during this time.
  • Look at sample ballots that are posted so they are familiar with the ballot and can vote quickly.
  • Have photo ID out to present to Officer of Election.

What precinct officials will do:

  • Maintain distance from voters.
  • Have doors propped open if feasible for that voting precinct.
  • Have markings on floor or cones to designate six-foot intervals.
  • Limit the number of voters that can be inside the precinct-based on the size of the area. Some precincts may only be able to accommodate two inside and some four to six.
  • Have “throw-away” pens for voters to use to mark ballots. Voters will pick up their own pen, use it and take it with them or throw it away as they leave.
  • Officers of Election will frequently disinfect areas used by the voters and high contact areas.
  • Officers of Election will have face masks, gloves and limited face shields for themselves. There will be germ barriers (sneeze guards) erected between Officers of Election and voters at the check-in table and other areas.
  • To avoid close contact with voters, Officers of Election will not issue “I Voted” stickers for this election.

Absentee voting has been strongly encouraged by the Virginia Department of Elections in the May and upcoming June elections to protect the well-being and health of voters. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for absentee voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mail-in ballots are due on Tuesday no later than 7 p.m., but polling precincts will be open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Election officials say voters should make sure voter information is up-to-date, review a sample ballot, and remember to bring a photo identification card for the fastest method possible.

For more information about the May 19 Election Day, click here.

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