Editor’s Note: Letters regarding the upcoming election will be accepted through Saturday, Oct. 24. Letters pertaining to the election which are received after that date will not be published.
I am writing in response to a Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 15, edition of the Virginian Review.
Due to a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2020, we have seen a drastic increase of “in-person early voters.”
The new law allows anyone who is a registered voter to come in and vote during the 45-day, in-person early voting period without having to have an excuse. We have hired additional staff to accommodate the increase of in-person, no-excuse early voters. This law applies to the whole state of Virginia.
For in-person, no-excuse early voting, we are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed daily from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch. We will also be open on the following two Saturday’s — Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.
The following guidelines apply to voting by mail.
Absentee ballot applications have to be completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, in order to receive a ballot by mail. You can bring it to our office location and drop it off in our locked drop box or mail it.
There is a deadline for the Registrar’s Office to receive ballots by mail.
Your ballot has to be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 3, and received no later than Friday, Nov. 6, by 12 noon in order to be counted.
We have placed signs outside of our building to assist those who want to come to our office and vote early. The last day to vote early is Saturday, Oct 31.
We look forward to assisting our voters of Alleghany County and we greatly appreciate their patience, understanding and their expressions of appreciation for what we do.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our office at (540) 965-1690. Our office is located at 110 Rosedale Ave., Suite D, Covington, Va. 24426.
Tiney K. Rose
Registrar /Director of Elections Alleghany County