Absentee voting for May elections urged
Also closing are Social Security Administration offices. The agency said the closures will help protect “the population we serve — older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions” as well as employees.
Online services are available at www.socialsecurity.gov and local offices will continue to provide services over the phone.
Northam also said that the state is waiving a oneweek waiting period for residents to access state unemployment money.
“We know that rent and other bills won’t wait,” Northam said.
State election officials are urging voters to request absentee ballots ahead of May 5 elections, when many localities will elect municipal leaders.
In the greater Richmond area, the town of Ashland is electing three council members as is the town of Louisa.
“Voting absentee in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged,” a memo on the state Department of Elections website reads. All voters can list “disability or illness” as the reason they are voting absentee.
The deadline to register to vote in that election is April 13. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 28.