Ab­sen­tee vot­ing for May elec­tions urged

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res­i­dents.

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.

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