In the Charlottesville and Central Virginia 5th. congressional district we will be voting for the following offices and constitutional amendments:
- President – Donald Trump (R), Joe Biden (D), Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian)
- Senator – Mark Warner (D), Daniel Gade (R), Al Mina (I – write-in)
- House of Representatives – Cameron Webb (D), Bob Good (R)
- Constitutional Amendments – Redistricting Commission & Vehicle tax exemption for disabled veterans exemption
- For some areas there may be additional municipal elections as well.
The first constitutional amendment would establishment a new redistricting commission which would effectively eliminate the practice of partisan “gerrymandering”, The second amendment would eliminate the car tax for the primary vehicle owned by 100% disabled veterans.
Here are the basic questions for the constitutional amendments which you will see on your ballot:
- Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to establish a redistricting commission, consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth, that is responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the Governor’s involvement and to give the responsibility of drawing districts to the Supreme Court of Virginia if the redistricting commission fails to draw districts or the General Assembly fails to enact districts by certain deadlines?
- Should an automobile or pickup truck that is owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be free from state and local taxation?
Detailed information regarding the constitutional amendments may be found at the Virginia Department of Elections.
To view a sample ballot for your precinct, go to BALLOTPEDIA.org. You will need to enter your address to get your sample ballot. For Data-driven, nonpartisan information to aid you with voting decisions, USAfacts.org may be a valuable resource.
Thanks to the COVID situation, there are many ways to vote this year:
- Vote in person on November 3rd, 2020
- Request an absentee ballot from your registrar. Then either deliver your absentee ballot to your registrar’s office and either leave it with a person or deposit it in a secure slot or box located outside the registrar’s office. Alternately, you can mail your ballot to them. Be careful to follow all directions to make sure that your vote is counted!
- Vote in person at your registrar’s office during the current early voting period and avoid any potential absentee ballot issues.
If you want to avoid the COVID threat the best solution is likely to vote in person at your registrar’s office during the early voting period. If you want to use an absentee ballot, delivering to your registrar’s office would be best to avoid any postal delivery issues or post election contesting of mail in ballots. If you do mail your absentee ballot in, do it early! Your vote is important! Don’t risk it not being counted!
Be sure that you are registered to vote!!
If you have questions, we would recommend reading information at your registrar’s website. Another excellent place to visit is VOTE.org. You can quickly check that your are registered to vote and request an absentee ballot pretty painlessly there. You will be directed to the proper pages registrar’s website as needed. Similar websites include Vote411.org and iwillvote.com.
Important Virginia voting deadline dates:
Election day is Nov. 3
Online: Oct. 13
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 13
In person: Oct. 13
Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Oct. 23
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 18 – Oct. 31, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
Here are links which may be of value for Central Virginia voters:
General Voter Info *Use to register on-line – Deadline is Tuesday!
- VOTE.org* – Voter information, check registration & voting options
- Vote411.org* – Similar to above
- iwillvote.com* – Similar to above
- BALLOTPEDIA.org – Get a sample ballot for your location & address
- USAfacts.org – Data-driven, nonpartisan information
- Virginia Department of Elections – Constitutional amendment info
Area Registrar’s Offices: