I hope you had a wonderful summer! Labor Day not only marks the end of summer, but to many voters and elected officials it also serves as the official kickoff of campaign season. As you are likely already aware, the entire General Assembly is up for re-election this year. Though it is hard to believe, we are less than 2 months away from Election Day. I would like to share with you some information about the upcoming election, as well as some ways that you can get involved with my campaign.
Register to Vote
If you have never voted or if you have moved since last year’s election, you must register in order to be eligible to vote in the November election. The deadline to register is October 13, 2015.
To be eligible to vote in Virginia, you must:
Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes).
Be a U. S. Citizen.
Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election).
Not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.
You can register or verify your registration status online at https://www.vote.virginia.gov/. You can also register by mail or in person at your local registrar’s office.
For more information on voter registration you can visit http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/index.html.
If you will be away on Election Day, it is time to start thinking about voting absentee.
You can apply for an absentee ballot by mailing this form to your local voter registration office. Citizens who qualify for an absentee ballot are also able to vote in person at their local registrar’s office. The last day to apply by mail is October 27, 2015. The last day to vote in person absentee is October 31, 2015.
For more information on absentee voting, including information on who is eligible to cast an absentee ballot, please go to http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.
Get Involved in My Campaign
We need volunteers to help with our victory effort! Volunteers can help in a number of ways, including making phone calls, knocking on doors, distributing yard signs, and working outside the polls.
If you have even an hour to volunteer over the next few weeks, please contact me at Dickie@BellforDelegate.com. Donations are also graciously accepted at www.bellfordelegate.com/donate or by mail at P.O. Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
This year we are fortunate to have three GOP Headquarters locations in our area. The Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro committees have each opened their own headquarters.
The Waynesboro Headquarters is located in Willow Oak Plaza in Waynesboro. Augusta County has a location on Route 11 in Verona, next to Shipplett Cleaners. The Staunton City Committee headquarters is located on N Central Avenue in the old Fireplaces and Things building across from Scott and Stringfellow.
Schedules are still being discussed, but we will keep you updated once we know what the hours at each location will be.
Each of these locations can only operate at full capacity with the help of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out at one of these locations please let us know and we will get you in touch with the appropriate people.
BBQ and Bluegrass Fundraising Event
There is still time to rsvp to our annual BBQ and Bluegrass fundraising event. Please see below for the invitation. This is a great event for the whole family, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Join Delegate Bell for his Annual BBQ and Bluegrass
With Senator Mark Obenshain
and invited guests Congressman Bob Goodlatte
and local Republican candidates for office
Thursday, October 1, 2015
6:00 -8:00 pm
Shenandoah Harley Davidson
213 Rolling Thunder Lane
Staunton, Virginia 24401
Yes, I will attend the annual Bell’s BBQ and Bluegrass at the following level:
_____$1000 Platinum Level
_____$500 Gold Level _____$250 Silver Level
_____$100 Bronze Level
_____$25 per person to attend (no Press passes)
Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $_______ to show my support!
Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”
2620 Eston Drive Staunton, VA 24401
Political Contributions are not tax-deductible. Paid for by Bell for Delegate.Corporate Contributions are accepted. State law requires employer and occupation information for contributions over $100 in a calendar year.
I appreciate your patience and understanding over the last few weeks as my Legislative Aide has been on maternity leave. Savanna will be returning back to work beginning next week and our office will soon be operating as normal.
For legislative inquiries, you can reach 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 to do so at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
Please send campaign inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.
Delegate Richard Bell