Written by Greg Goldfarb
While most Suffolk voters will visit the polls in person Tuesday, November 8 to cast their ballots in the general election, thousands are now choosing to vote remotely or before Election Day.
For all of these early and absent voters, there are several ways to have their votes heard, as long as they follow certain guidelines, deadlines, and instructions.
Lawrence, registrar general in Suffolk, Burdett J. Lawrence said. They (the first voters) should bring some form of ID, or someone with them to help them, if they need help voting; if they have requested an absentee ballot, but decide not to vote on it, they should bring that ballot with them to vote on the machine. Vote. If they do not have that ballot, they will have to vote on a provisional ballot.”
These options come with important dates that Suffolk voters should consider.
- Early in-person voting and absentee voting by mail begin Friday, September 23rd.
- Voting begins Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 9 at the Suffolk Voter Registration Office, 440 Market Street, 1st floor.
- The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, October 17.
- The deadline for an absentee ballot request to be mailed to a registered voter is Friday, October 28.
- The first Saturday available to vote early is October 29.
- The last day to vote in person early is Saturday, November 5.
To be eligible to vote in Virginia, citizens must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, a US citizen, and a resident of Virginia, and must be registered with the city’s registrar.
Suffolk has seven voting districts, overseen by Lawrence, who leads Suffolk’s Department of Elections and Registration. She encourages Suffolk voters to take advantage of the various community services her department provides, including early voting.
In the 2020 general election, about 67,500 of the 96,000 Suffolk residents were registered voters, according to Lawrence, with nearly 50,000 of them already voting. More than half of that total, 30,907, choose to vote early or by absentee ballot.
“People need to vote if they want to be heard politically,” Lawrence said. I would like to see a turnout of at least 80 percent of the electorate. That would be awesome.”
In the event of any potential communication or electronic outage that could negatively affect voting equipment, the voting process and the outcome, Lawrence said she and her crew have “prepared” for those and other potentially unforeseen circumstances.
Registered voters in Suffolk may vote early at the Office of the Voter Registrar as soon as 45 days before Election Day and up to the Saturday before Election Day.
People who wish to vote early and in person do not have to have a reason why they voted early or complete any papers. However, they must provide their name and address and submit an approved form to identify them.
If acceptable identification is not on hand, applicants must sign a Confirmation of Identity Statement, or a provisional ballot will be submitted and allowed until noon on the Friday following the election, to submit a copy of the accepted identification to the local Electoral Board or sign. Identity confirmation statement. Provisional electors receive a notification reminding them of the deadline and right to attend an Electoral Council meeting.
Ballots may be dropped on or before Election Day at one of the three official polls, which will be open Friday, September 23, through Tuesday, November 8, and close at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 8. – All ballot boxes are subject to continuous video surveillance:
- Voter Registration Office, 440 Market Street, 1st Floor.
- North Suffolk Public Library, 2000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road.
- Suffolk Executive Airport, 1200 Gene Bolton Drive.
On Election Day, November 8, ballot boxes, in the form of blue beanbags, will be placed inside each polling district from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If a ballot paper is mailed, it must be postmarked by November 8, 2022, and received by the Lawrence Office by noon on Monday, November 14.
Here is a list of the local candidates running in the November 8 elections:
United States representative
2nd Congressional District: Two-year incumbent Elaine Luria, D.E., vs. contender Jane Keggans, R.
Suffolk City Council
Chuckatuck Borough: Shelley S.Butler-Barlow’s Chakras, v. Patrick L. Bales and John M. Anderson.
Cypress District: Leroy Bennett, incumbent, opposite Wallace Johnson.
Holly Nick Borough: Timothy Jett Johnson, incumbent, runs unopposed.
Suffolk Borough: John T. Rector, the incumbent, runs unopposed.
Suffolk School Board
Chuckatuck Borough: Linda W. Bouchard and Kim A.
Cypress area: Karen L. Jenkins, the incumbent, operates without opposition.
Holly Nick Borough: Dawn Marie Brittingham vs. Galpinia or Hill.
Suffolk Borough: Incumbent Tyrone de Riddick vs. J. Matt Shannon.
The city council and school council races last for four years.