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Mecklenburg voter office extends hours for Nov. 5 election
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013Absentee voting has begun in the Nov. 5 general election, and the Mecklenburg County voter registrar’s office is extending its hours by staying open the next two Saturdays.
Voters can cast an absentee ballot in person at the registrar’s office, located at 439 Madison Street in Boydton, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, October 23-25, October 28-31, and November 1, or on Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, November 2 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Registrar Jason Corwin said the last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, November 2.
Voters who wish to have an absentee ballot mailed to them must have their written request into the Registrar by the close of business on October 29. The voted ballot must be returned to the Registrar before 7:00 p.m. on November 5.
Not everyone can vote absentee in Virginia; there must be a valid reason. The law recognizes the following as valid reasons for voting absentee:
Students at institutions of higher learning outside Mecklenburg County, and their spouses
People absent from the county on election day for business purposes (includes persons who are employed outside of Mecklenburg County)
People absent from the county for personal business or vacation
Those who are at work and commuting 11 hours between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Election Day
Firefighters and first responder personnel
Persons unable to get to the polls because of their own disability, illness, or pregnancy
Personal caretakers of disabled or ill family members who are confined at home
Those awaiting trial and under confinement, but who are not a convicted felon
Those serving time for misdemeanor convictions
Registrars, electoral board members, or officers of election scheduled to work on Election Day
Persons with religious obligations
Active duty Armed Forces or Merchant Marine personnel and their dependents residing with them
People employed outside the U.S. and their dependents residing with them
Those living abroad indefinitely (may be eligible to vote only for federal offices)
Political party or candidate representative volunteers scheduled to work inside the polls on Election Day
Anyone with questions about voting should contact the Registrar’s Office at 434-738-6191, ext. 4313 or visit the office at 439 Madison Street in Boydton.
The Nov. 5 general election features races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and for all 100 members of the House of Delegates. Del. Tommy Wright is running unopposed for re-election. Locally, the ballot also includes races for Brodnax Town Council.
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