Bell Sounds from the 20th - Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow!

Election Day is upon us!  Ed Gillespie is still gaining on Mark Warner, and at least two recent polls show that this race is solidly in the single digits.  This election could get very close, so it is imperative that you show up at the polls tomorrow!

Polling places open at 6:00 am tomorrow (November 4), and will be open until 7:00 pm.  If you’re unsure of where you vote, you can check online at  https://www.vote.virginia.gov/search. You can also contact your local registrar’s office and they will be happy to assist you.

I hope you will join me in supporting Ed Gillespie for United States Senate and Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Robert Hurt, who are both running for re-election to the United States House of Representatives. 

For those of you who live in the South River Magisterial District of Augusta County, don’t forget that you will be voting not only for your Congressman and Senator, but you will also be voting for your Board of Supervisor member.  I would encourage you to support our Republican candidate, Carolyn Bragg.

Finally, don’t forget that you will also have the opportunity to vote on an important amendment to the Virginia Constitution.  I have included a detailed explanation of the amendment below.  When I vote on November 4, I will be voting “yes” on this proposed amendment.  I hope that you will review the information below and give the proposed amendment your full consideration. 

Please take a few minutes today to reach out to your friends, family members, and neighbors to ensure that they also intend to vote.

The Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro Republican Committees will be hosting a joint Victory Party tomorrow night at Rack ‘Em Smack ‘Em in Verona beginning at 7:00 pm.  Come out and watch the results come in while enjoying food and fellowship with likeminded friends.  There is a $5.00 charge to help cover the cost of the food.

In case you missed the most recent edition of Bell Sounds, I have included below detailed information about the new photo identification requirements as well as the proposed constitutional amendment.  I have also included the contact information for the local registrars in the 20th House District.   

New Voter ID Requirements

It is important to note that effective July 1, 2014, a photo ID is now required for voting in Virginia.  Voters must present one of the following acceptable forms of identification:

*Valid Virginia Driver’s License                      

*Other government-issued photo identification card

*DMV-issued photo identification card            

*Valid United States Passport                       

*Valid college or university student photo ID (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)

*Valid Employee photo identification card       

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact your local registration office.  

For more information on the new photo ID requirement in Virginia, please click here.

Constitutional Amendment on the Ballot 

As many of you may already be aware in addition to voting for our Senator and Congressman, Virginians will also have the opportunity to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment. 

The question on the ballot will be:

Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried? 

The proposed amendment would authorize the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of any surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense. The exemption from taxation would cease if the surviving spouse remarries. The exemption would apply regardless of whether the spouse was killed in action prior to the effective date of this amendment but would apply only to those real property taxes to be paid on or after the effective date of legislation passed by the General Assembly. The exemption from taxation would apply to the surviving spouse’s principal place of residence, even if he or she moves to a new principal place of residence. The exemption would not require the surviving spouse to have been residing in the Commonwealth at the time his or her spouse was killed in action.

Legislation exercising the authority granted to the General Assembly in the proposed amendment was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McAuliffe on April 7, 2014, but will become effective only upon approval by the voters of the proposed amendment.

As you may remember, in 2010 Virginians voted to amend the constitution to allow a property tax exemption to any veteran who has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to have a one hundred percent service-connected permanent and total disability.  The amendment we will vote on this year would allow the General Assembly to extend that same property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of a veteran that was killed in action.    

For more information on the amendment, including the complete language of the amendment, click here

 Contact Your Local Registrar 

Augusta County     (540)245-5656

Highland County   (540)468-2013

Nelson County       (434)263-4068

Staunton City         (540)332-3840

Waynesboro City   (540)942-6620

 Contact

I always enjoy hearing from many of you regarding the issues that matter most to you. You can reach us by email at deldbell@house.virginia.gov, or by phone at 540-448-3999.
 
You can also reach us by mail at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
 
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate
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