Bell Sounds from the 20th - October 28, 2015

We are just under one week away from the 2016 General Election! I want to take a few minutes to provide you with some information you may need as your prepare for Election Day! 

Election Day 

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 3.  The polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Turnout is expected to be very low and every vote matters. Please take a few minutes that day to exercise your right to vote.  

All General Assembly members are up for re-election this year. In addition, some localities have local contests as well.  There are contested local elections in Augusta, Highland, and Nelson counties here in the 20th District. 

If you have questions about where you vote, or what will be on your ballot, visit  Here you can plug in your name and you will be given detailed information about your precinct, as well as a list of offices that will appear on your ballot. 

Absentee Voting 

While the deadline for voting absentee by mail has already passed, if you are going to be away next Tuesday there is still time to vote in person absentee.   You can vote at your local registrar’s office through Saturday, October 31

Click here for information about absentee voting, including eligibility requirements.  

If you have specific questions on voting absentee, I encourage you to contact your local registrar’s office.   I have put the contact information for the registrars in the five localities in the 20th House District at the bottom of this email. 

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 


I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Robert Hurt. I’m pleased to have their support! 

“I am pleased to endorse Delegate Dickie Bell for re-election to the House of Delegates.  Dickie is a great legislator, who the citizens of the 20th District can count on.  Dickie has worked tirelessly throughout his time in the House to reform our education system, promote job growth and fiscal responsibility, to limit state government, and to protect our shared Shenandoah Valley values.  He and Anne go out into the community and meet with citizens regularly, so he knows his constituents and knows how to best represent their interests in Richmond.  I hope you will join me in supporting Delegate Dickie Bell for re-election to the House.”

~Bob Goodlatte 

 “I am pleased to endorse Delegate Dickie Bell for re-election to the House of Delegates.  Delegate Bell has done great work during his time in the House.  Dickie is a no-nonsense conservative who has consistently supported limiting the size of government, reducing the tax burden on our families and businesses, and protecting individual liberties.  His work on education reform -- especially in promoting virtual education -- has been unparalleled.   He has been a great legislator for Nelson County and the rest of the 20th District, and I look forward to working with him to serve our mutual constituents in the future.”

~Robert Hurt 

Election Day Volunteers 

We are still in need of volunteers to stand outside the polls on Election Day.  If you have some free time that day and would like to help out, please email me at 

Election Night Party 

Tuesday night after the polls close I hope you will join the Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro Republicans for our Victory Party. It will be held at the Staunton Republican Headquarters. Their headquarters is located on N. Central Avenue in Staunton, in the old Fireplaces and Things building. I hope to see you out as we watch the results come in and cheer our candidates on to victory!

Contact Us 

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  

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

Please also note that I am happy to speak at special events and meetings for clubs, civic organizations, church groups, etc. as scheduling allows. Please feel free to contact Savanna at to schedule. There is no charge.  

As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate. 

Delegate Richard Bell

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