City of Williamsburg Office of Elections encourages voters to cast absentee ballots, outlines plan for in-person voting on May 19
The City of Williamsburg will conduct its May general election for City Council on May 19, 2020. On April 22, Governor Ralph Northam used his executive authority to postpone elections by two weeks to May 19. They were previously scheduled to occur on May 5.
In-person voting: As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and states of emergency, voting precincts for the election have been moved and consolidated to more safely serve voters. Voters will be able to cast their ballots at a vehicle drive-thru style election at the Williamsburg Fire Department.
The new physical voting location on May 19 is the Williamsburg Fire Department. The Matoaka Precinct and Stryker Precinct locations will be held at the fire department.
Voters will drive into the second entrance to the Municipal Building parking lot, drive through the back parking lot and drive toward the fire station. They will stop at Armistead Avenue and an elections officer will direct them to the appropriate line to cast a ballot for their precinct. The voter will then cross Armistead Avenue into the fire station back parking lot and drive into the appropriate parking bay.
An officer of elections will assist voters in their vehicles and a full staff will operate each precinct as it normally would during an election. Officers of elections will wear personal protective equipment including masks and gloves to protect themselves and voters. All voters will need to remain in their vehicles while they fill out their ballots. Voters will hand their ballots to an elections officer who will put the ballot in a ballot counting machine within eyesight of each voter. A privacy ballot envelope will be available to any voter who requests one.
After the ballot is cast voters will be able to exit out of the fire station on to Lafayette Street. Elections officers will clean and sanitize each piece of equipment a voter handled while casting a ballot.
All voters must present a proper form of photo identification, such as a Virginia driver’s license, a Virginia DMV-issued photo ID, a United States passport, an employer-issued photo ID, a student photo ID issued by a school, college or university in Virginia. For more information on voter ID requirements go to bit.ly/VoterIDReqs2020. Voters are asked to have their identification ready for an elections officer to check.
Casting an absentee ballot: Voters are encouraged to cast an absentee ballot to avoid lines on Election Day.
Any voter who wants an absentee ballot can request one by calling the City’s Office of Elections at 757-220-6157 or by visiting elections.virginia.gov.
Due to the pandemic, you may request an absentee ballot by mail using "My disability or illness" under the section "Choose an Absentee Ballot Reason " if you do not have another qualifying reason. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the office 220-6157 and the Office of Elections will mail you an absentee ballot application to fill out and return. You will need your Social Security number and Virginia driver’s license number or Virginia DMV identification number to attach your electronic signature to your application. If you do not provide a Virginia DMV number, you will be required to print the application, sign and submit the form for processing. You can then either scan an e-mail it directly to the Director of Elections email@example.com or mail to PO BOX 3538 Williamsburg, VA 23187.Once the Office of Elections has received a completed application, they will process it and mail the requested ballot to the voter. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is May 12.
Curbside voting: As city buildings continue to be closed to the public until further notice, the Office of Elections will continue to provide curbside service during regular office hours every Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until May 16 to help residents register or request an absentee ballot. Visitors should park in the Municipal Building parking lot at 401 Lafayette Street and call 757-220-6157 and have their photo identification handy.
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