Virginia’s New Election Law Goes Into Effect Saturday – Farmville

Virginia’s new election law went into effect Saturday

Posted at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Last Saturday marked more than the start of a new month. A new law has gone into effect in Virginia that will provide new ways to register to vote. If you look on the state elections website or go to the Registrar’s page for Prince Edward, Cumberland or Buckingham, the deadline to register to vote is October 17. From Saturday there is a second option, but one that makes things a bit more complicated.

Same-day voter registration is now permitted across the Commonwealth. This means that if you miss the traditional deadline, which this year is Monday, October 17, you can still go to the Registrar’s office or even register at your polling station on Election Day.

“Yes, starting with the 2022 general election, the General Assembly has approved legislation that provides the ability to register at any time, up to and including Election Day,” Elections Commissioner Susan Beals said in a statement. communicated. Its staff also led the herald in the same language on the election website.

This change came into effect due to a law passed during the 2020 session of the General Assembly. Give to cities and counties

time to adjust, the Assembly pushed back the plan for a two-year period, writing in the final version that it would take effect on October 1, 2022. And the wording of the law, HB 201, is pretty clear.

“Any person entitled to register on the electoral lists has the right to register in person until the day of the election inclusively at the civil status office of the locality where he resides or at the polling station of the constituency in which that person resides,” the law states.

Counted as provisional

But as mentioned above, there is a catch. If you use same-day registration, the vote you cast is considered a provisional ballot. This means that it does not pass through the scanner like the others. Instead, it will be considered the next day by the local electoral council. Why? This gives election officials time to make sure it is a valid ballot. They will check your documents, confirm that you are the person you saw and that you voted at the correct polling station. Once all of this is done, the vote will be counted.

You may have heard the term provisional ballot before. These are ballots used by people who are not on the list of voters registered at their polling station. And if you just registered to vote that day, of course your name would not yet be on the list at that polling station.

The biggest question for some people is how you will know your provisional vote has been counted. There is also a process for that. “After you vote, you will receive notice of the date, time and location where the local election commission will make a decision on your provisional ballot,” Beals said in a statement.

To be clear, you have the right to attend this meeting, but you don’t have to for the vote to count. “If your application for registration is approved and there are no other issues, your ballot will be counted,” it says on the Virginia Elections website. “If your ballot is not counted, you will receive written notice from your Registrar General.”

Two more weeks

Although this option is available for those who file late, you can still register until October 17 and get a regular ballot, rather than a provisional ballot. To do this, you must go in person to your local registrar’s office. In Buckingham County, it is located at 13360 W. James Anderson Highway. In Cumberland County, the Registrar’s office is located at 1487 James Anderson Highway. And finally, in Prince Edward County, the Registrar’s office is at 124 N. Main Street in Farmville, on the second floor.

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