Town elections continue unless legislature pulls plug on process

by Robert Mason Jr.

LANCASTER—Voter registrar Susan P. Jett urges registered voters in Irvington, Kilmarnock and White Stone to continue the absentee vote-by-mail process to participate in the 2020 town elections, still scheduled for May 5.

Gov. Ralph Northam last week announced he will recommend the General Assembly move all May 5 elections to November 3, in response to COVID-19. Gov. Northam also exercised his statutory authority to move the June 9 primary elections to June 23.

However, Jett indicated she has no choice but to continue the current town election process until the General Assembly acts on the issue at its Wednesday, April 22, reconvened session. To wait would not allow much time for voters to complete the task and the registrar’s staff to process the ballots, she said.

The General Assembly could approve the governor’s recommendation, reject it, or amend it to allow localities to decide how they intend to proceed.

Jett noted she will ask…

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