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Voter rolls surging in King George

Registration deadline is Oct. 15 for Nov. 6 election

With the voter deadline less than a week away, the number of King George residents registered to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election totals more than the number registered for voting in the Presidential election four years ago.

With a few days still left to register through Monday, Oct. 15, the registrant count is 15,020 voters, as of close of business last Friday, Oct. 5.  That tops the number of 13,453 voters who had registered by the deadline four years ago for that historic Presidential election.

Regarding the current number of registered voters, King George Registrar Lorrie Gump told The Journal last Friday, “I went back to Jan. 2, 2012, and the registrant count was 14,367. So, even with the big purge that was done back in March, we have increased our voter rolls by 653 from January to today.”

Purging is the term used to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official list of registered voters for such reasons as death, moving from election district and conviction of a felony.

There’s no way of telling toward which party or candidate new registrants are leaning, since all voters in Virginia register without indicating any party affiliation.

Those wishing to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election have until Monday, Oct. 15. That date is also the deadline to update registration information for such things as a different address or a name change.

ABSENTEE VOTES MOUNTING
With absentee voting only open for two weeks so far, Gump reported that 311 ballots have already been cast.
More are expected to be mailed back from those who have been sent ballots because they made application for them.
That’s in addition to walk-in voters who can vote absentee in the Registrar’s office now.

Absentee voting is ‘early voting’ by another name. Virginia calls it ‘absentee’ voting because a reason must be checked that provides a general explanation as to why the applicant may not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day on Nov. 6.
There are numerous reasons that make voters eligible to vote absentee. Absentee voting can be done by those with unpredictable work hours, or who expect to be out of the county on Election Day, whether on travel, or with job commutes.

If you’ve decided who you’ll vote for and are eligible to vote absentee, you may do so now at the Registrar’s office in King George.

King George voters with a question about eligibility for voting absentee can contact the Registrar’s office, 775-9186. Absentee voting can be done in one of two ways, either by mail or in-person at the Registrar’s office. The simplest way to vote absentee in advance of the election is to go to the King George Registrar’s office. There you may fill out an application for absentee voting, then vote then and there on the spot.

The Registrar’s office is located on the ground floor of the Revercomb Building, behind the King George Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy). The Registrar’s office is currently open on week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours and days will be added as the Nov. 6 Election Day comes closer.

If you’re not sure about all the ballot choices for your presidential picks, read on.

WHO’S ON THE BALLOT?
There are more than two tickets running for president and vice president. There are three other choices on the Virginia ballot to choose from in the Presidential election.

In addition to the Republican party ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and the Democratic party ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, there are other voting options:
  Constitution party ticket of Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer;
  Libertarian party ticket of Gary Johnson and James P. Gray; and,
  Green party ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.
  The U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb is up for grabs. Two former Virginia governors are running.
    They are Republican party candidate George F. Allen and Democratic party candidate Timothy M. Kaine.
  The Congressional seat is up for election with Republican party candidate Robert J. “Rob” Wittman, Democratic party candidate   Adam M. Cook and Independent Greens party candidate G. Gail Parker.

~ PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS     In addition to the three federal offices up for election, there are also two state questions to be voted on the ballots that propose amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

Question #1 - Article I. Bill of Rights. Section 11. Due process of law; obligation of contracts; taking of private property; prohibited discrimination; jury trial in civil cases.

BALLOT QUESTION:  Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (i) to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?
Question #2 - Article IV. Legislature. Section 6. Legislative sessions.

BALLOT QUESTION:  Shall Section 6 of Article IV (Legislature) of the Constitution of Virginia concerning legislative sessions be amended to allow the General Assembly to delay by no more than one week the fixed starting date for the reconvened or “veto” session when the General Assembly meets after a session to consider the bills returned to it by the Governor with vetoes or amendments?

The link to the questions and explanatory information is:  www.sbe.virginia.gov/CandidatesList.html

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