BY CLARA VAUGHN, Eastern Shore Post —
Voters can cast early ballots for the November election starting Friday, Sept. 22.
Early voting will run through Saturday, Nov. 4, for the Nov. 7 election, which will determine races for state senator and delegate, as well as local positions on school boards, boards of supervisors, and constitutional officer positions.
Residents do not need a reason to vote early.
In Accomack County, registered voters can cast early ballots at the Office of Voter Registration and Elections at 24387 Joynes Neck Road, in Accomac, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In Northampton County, residents can vote early at the Voter Registration office at 6404 Courthouse Road, in Eastville, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Both counties’ voter registration offices will be open Saturdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, for early voting during the same hours — 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Accomack County and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northampton.
Candidates for the Senate 20th District are Republican William “Bill” R. DeSteph Jr. and Democrat Victoria A. Luevanos, both of Virginia Beach.
Candidates for the House of Delegates 100th District are incumbent Robert S. Bloxom Jr., a Republican from Accomack County, and Charlena Jones, a Democrat from Northampton County, who serves on the Northampton County School Board.
In addition, voters will elect officials in contested races for the Accomack County Board of Supervisors and School Board in several districts and will determine the constitutional officer elected in a contested race for Accomack County’s Clerk of Circuit Court.
Voters in Onancock, Wachapreague, and Bloxom will elect town council members in special elections.
Northampton County does not have contested local races, though residents will cast their votes for representatives on the board of supervisors and school board, as well as for constitutional officers.
Residents must register to vote before Monday, Oct. 16, to use a regular ballot. Those who register Oct. 16 through Election Day, Nov. 7, can vote using a provisional ballot, which the electoral board reviews to determine if the vote can be counted.
Voters can also cast ballots by mail. To request a mail-in ballot, visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation or call the county’s voter registration office.
The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 27.
Curbside voting is available on request at both Accomack and Northampton counties’ voting locations.
Visit www.co.accomack.va.us/departments/registrar/early-voting-absentee-voting or call the Accomack voter registration office at 757-787-2935 or 757-824-0525 for more information on early voting in Accomack County.
Northampton voters can visit www.co.northampton.va.us/government/departments_elected_offices/voter_registration_and_elections or call the voter registration office at 757-678-0480.
Voters must provide their names, addresses, and an accepted form of ID such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or student ID to vote in-person.
Visit https://tinyurl.com/mr267m3m for a list of accepted ID’s.
Visit www.vpap.org/local-politics/elections to see a sample ballot of the candidates on your ballot, or request a copy at the local voter registration office.