Election Set For Tuesday

Published 4:20 pm Thursday, October 30, 2014

Soon, the hammering negative commercials will come to an end and the political yard signs will be gone.

The election season will close Tuesday as area voters make their way to the polls.

Prince Edward’s Prospect voters will have three candidates vying to fill three years of the unexpired term of the late Mr. Howard “Pete” Campbell on the county’s board of supervisors. On the ballot will be: Democrat Calvin L. Gray, and independents Jeannette A. Tarlton and Cornell E. Walker Sr.

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Statewide, area voters will select candidates for United States senator. Democrat Mark R. Warner is squaring off against Republican Ed W. Gillespie and Libertarian Robert C. Sarvis.

Voters in the sprawling Fifth Congressional District—which includes Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties—will also select a representative to Congress. Candidates include incumbent Republican Robert Hurt of Chatham, Democrat W. Lawrence Gaughan of Ringgold, Libertarian Paul F. Jones of Charlottesville and Independent Green Party candidate Kenneth J. Hildebrandt of Nathalie.

Voters will also have a voice in deciding the fate of a proposed state constitutional amendment to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried.

But before voters will be allowed to participate Tuesday, they’ll have to show photo identification.

Among the acceptable forms: a valid Virginia Driver’s license or identification card, valid state DMV issued veteran’s ID card, valid U.S. passport, other government-issued photo identification card, valid Virginia college or university student photo identification card, or an employee identification card with a photograph of the voter. The IDs can still be used up to a year after they have expired.

Prospective voters who do not have a photo ID also have the option to go to their nearest voter registration office and apply for a free voter photo ID card.

Those who don’t have an ID election day can either vote a provisional paper ballot (and must still provide an ID by noon on Friday for it to count) or they can come to the voter registrar’s office and obtain a temporary identification document, which they can then take it to the polling site and vote.