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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam proposes delay of May elections to November, congressional primaries to June 23

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed moving Virginia’s May election to November and delaying the June 9 congressional primaries to June 23.

The delay would require General Assembly approval and Northam said he would ask for the change when the legislature comes back into session.

The Director of Elections for Salem Dana Oliver says she was floored when she heard the news. She says she’s been following the governor’s briefings and thought the idea was for eveyone to apply for absentee voting and vote by mail.

She says they’ve spent over $1,800 mailing out ballots and programming the absentee voting machines. She says 1,180 ballots have already been mailed out at about $.55 each and they paid $1,189 to make the ballots.

She says if the general assembly passes the delay they will have to destroy everything.

“I think the general assembly, or the governor, or the state need to pay the localities back for their ballots and the postage and so fourth,” Oliver said.

She says she would prefer the general assembly allow the citizens to keep the May date and vote by mail.

In Salem, they have city council elections in May and she says she’ll continue to send out absentee ballots until the general assembly makes their decision later this month.

Watch the governor’s full update below:

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