Elec­tion Day is Tues­day: What you need to know to vote

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Rap­pa­han­nock County vot­ers will cast bal­lots next Tues­day, Nov. 7, for gov­er­nor, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, at­tor­ney gen­eral, 18th Dis­trict House of Del­e­gates rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and two seats apiece on the county su­per­vi­sors and school board.

Polling places — all the usual vol­un­teer fire­houses in Castle­ton, Amissville, Ch­ester Gap, Flint Hill, Wash­ing­ton, and Sper­ryville — will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Vot­ers must dis­play a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s li­cense, stu­dent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, or pass­port.

Unof­fi­cial elec­tion re­sults will be posted by the Rap­pa­han­nock News at rapp­news.com as

quickly as Tues­day’s votes are tab­u­lated.

Vot­ers can cast ab­sen­tee bal­lots through Satur­day, Nov. 4. The county reg­is­trar of vot­ing of­fice on Gay Street will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Can­di­dates for gov­er­nor in­clude Demo­crat Ralph Northam, Repub­li­can Ed Gille­spie, and Lib­er­tar­ian Clif­ford Hyra. There are two choices for lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, Demo­crat Justin Fair­fax and Repub­li­can Jill Vo­gel. And fi­nally the lineup for at­tor­ney gen­eral is Demo­crat Mark Her­ring and Repub­li­can John Adams.

Con­tenders for the House of Del­e­gates seat for the 18th Dis­trict are Demo­crat Tris­tan Shields, Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Michael We­bert, and Green Party mem­ber Will King.

For Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sor, Pied­mont Dis­trict in­cum­bent Su­per­vi­sor Mike Biniek is be­ing chal­lenged by Chris­tine Smith; while Stonewall-Hawthorne in­cum­bent Su­per­vi­sor Chris Par­rish is op­posed by write-in can­di­date David Kon­ick.

Stonewall-Hawthorne in­cum­bent School Board Mem­ber Larry Grove is run­ning un­op­posed for re­elec­tion, as is first time Pied­mont Dis­trict School Board can­di­date Rachel Bynum.

Rap­pa­han­nock vot­ers will step up to new state-of-the-art Do­min­ion Vot­ing ma­chines, which are highly efficient and fea­ture state of the art se­cu­rity stan­dards to en­sure data in­tegrity and pub­lic con­fi­dence.

“There’s not a whole lot that can go wrong with them,” Rap­pa­han­nock County Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions Kim McKier­nan tells the News. And she says don’t be in­tim­i­dated, the ma­chines are sim­ple to op­er­ate.

The same vot­ing ma­chines now found in Rap­pa­han­nock are de­ployed by the hun­dred­sof-thou­sands world­wide: from the Philip­pines and Mon­go­lia, to Canada, New York and now downtown Castle­ton.

BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

Rap­pa­han­nock County Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions Kim McKier­nan points out the county’s new state-ofthe-art — and sim­ple to op­er­ate — Do­min­ion Vot­ing ma­chines that vot­ers will use to cast bal­lots on Elec­tion Day, Nov. 7.

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