Election Day is finally upon us!
Polling places open at 6:00 am tomorrow (November 8) and will be open until 7:00 pm.
This has been a long and particularly difficult campaign season, and the attacks launched at the top of the ticket have been deeply personal. Even so, I believe these two candidates hold fundamentally different views on the best way to move our country forward. While the Republican nominee is far from perfect, he is the only candidate that has committed to advocate for the values that many of us hold dear. I hope you will join me in supporting Donald Trump and Mike Pence, along with my good friends Bob Goodlatte in the 6th Congressional District and Tom Garrett in the 5th Congressional District.
In addition to a President and Congressman, Virginians will also be voting on two amendments to the Virginia Constitution. The first is of particular importance to me, as I patroned the supporting legislation in the House of Delegates. Ballot Question 1 will enshrine Virginia’s right to work status in the constitution. Virginia has been a right to work state for decades through statute. Ballot question one on will simply add another layer of protection to this law, and will ensure that our right to work laws cannot be repealed at the whims of the legislature or Governor. I encourage you to vote “Yes” on BOTH proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution. For more information on the constitutional amendments, please check out my previous newsletter.
In addition to the presidential and congressional races and constitutional amendments there are also local contests in several localities. If you have questions about where you vote, or what will be on your ballot, visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation. Here you can plug in your name and you will be given detailed information about your precinct, as well as a list of offices and referendums that will appear on your ballot. If you have additional questions, please contact your local registrar.
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 identification card (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 a free ID.
For more information on the ID requirement in Virginia, please 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
Election Night Party
Tuesday night after the polls close I hope you will join the Staunton and Augusta Republican Committees for our Election Night Party at the Byers Street Bistro in Staunton. They are asking for a donation of $2 per person to help cover the costs. I hope to see you there!
I love hearing from constituents on the issues that matter the most to you. If you have a state issue that you’re concerned about, or need help in dealing with a state agency, please do not hesitate to contact me.
You can contact us by phone at 540-448-3999, or by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov.
If you would prefer to send us written correspondence, you can do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
For campaign inquiries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.