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March 17, 2020

All town voters can cast absentee ballots this spring

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Voters may begin absentee voting March 20 for the May 5 municipal elections.
As a public health safety measure to help prevent exposure and spreading of the COVID-19 virus at polling places on Election Day, town voters are highly encouraged to apply for an absentee ballot by mail if they would like to participate in the May town election.
— Fauquier General Registrar Alex Ables
Because of COVID-19 concerns, the Virginia Department of Elections announced Monday that all town voters can cast absentee ballots in the May 5 municipal elections.

Voters may use Reason Code 2A (disability or illness), even if they suffer neither, Fauquier General Registrar Alex Ables said.

Remington, The Plains and Warrenton will have municipal elections this spring.
 
Voters can apply online or by mail to receive their absentee ballots by mail.
 
“As a public health safety measure to help prevent exposure and spreading of the COVID-19 virus at polling places on Election Day, town voters are highly encouraged to apply for an absentee ballot by mail if they would like to participate in the May town election,” Mr. Ables said.
 
Absentee voting for the May town elections begins on March 20. The deadline to apply for and receive an absentee ballot by mail is April 28 at 5 p.m.
 
All completed ballots must be received in the general registrar’s office no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday May 5, to be counted.
 
The voter registration deadline for the town elections is 5 p.m. Monday, April 13.
 
Because of the state and local states of emergency, Mr. Ables encouraged all voters, whenever possible, to transact business online or by mail during this period.

For more information, contact the county registrar’s office.
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William Semple · March 18, 2020 at 8:39 am
The instructions need clarification. Option 2A gives you several options, one of which is disability or illness.. Some folks are picking Option 2B, an alternative disability/illness choice... the latter requires a doctor's signature.
William Semple · March 17, 2020 at 9:45 pm
Following the on-line instructions above requires the user to print out and obtain a doctor's signature on Section C of the application. Selecting Reason Code 2A alternatively leads the user to a disability/sickness selection that does not require a signature. I am afraid that some voters will not know what to do. I am checking with the Registrar's office for clarification.
badelectronics · March 17, 2020 at 3:06 pm
Another excellent move by the county. Bravo!!!!
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