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IT’S VOTING SEASON!
Posted on September 18, 2020 9:21 PM by June Dawkins
Did you know that you do not have to wait until Tuesday, November 3rd to vote in this year’s elections? And that there are several ways for you to cast your vote?  Early voting began on September 18th.  Any registered voter can request an Absentee Ballot or vote Early-In-Person at a designated polling place.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, James City County is encouraging all voters to vote from home or vote early to avoid the lines and crowding on Election Day. Here are the details:
 
STEP 1:  Check the Accuracy of Your Voter Registration or Register to Vote
You can check the accuracy of your current voter registration or register to vote for the first time online at the Virginia Department of Elections website:  https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
The final day to register/update your information is Tuesday, October 13th.  Your registration must be received by the Registration/Elections Main Office at 5300 Palmer Lane (across from New Town off Ironbound Road) by that date.  
 
STEP 2:  Request Your Absentee Ballot
Virginia allows all registered voters to request online a vote-by-mail ballot with no excuse needed. Your request must be received by the Registrar by Friday, October 23rd and must be signed and dated.
 
STEP 3:  Cast Your Vote
 
Mail-In:  While your completed and signed Absentee Ballot must be postmarked to the Registrar by Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, it must be received by the Registrar by Friday, November 6th.  Given that the USPS is currently seeing service curtailed in some places and is expected to experience heavy mail volumes in advance of the election, mailing your ballot two weeks in advance is recommended. 
 
Drop Off:  Completed ballots can also be dropped off in the Ballot Box at the James City County (JCC) Recreation Center at 5301 Longhill Road through Saturday, October 31st.
 
Early-In-Person:  JCC Supervisors have also designated the JCC Rec Center as an Early-In-Person Voting location, also through Saturday, October 31st.  Hours are: 
Monday-Friday 8am until 5pm and
Saturday 9am to 5pm (October 24th and 31st only)
 
Election Day:  Cast your In-Person Vote on Tuesday, November 3rd at the JCC Rec Center, which is the regular polling place for New Town voters. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm that day with curbside voting available.
 
STEP 4:  Track your vote at the JCC website:  
 
More Virginia General Election information can be found at:
  • https://www.elections.virginia.gov    
  • https://www.vote411.org va   
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