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Absentee voting in May 5 Farmville election encouraged

With the Town of Farmville general election for town council set for May 5, Lynette Wright, director of elections for Prince Edward County, is encouraging voters to protect their health during the COVID -19 pandemic.

“Voting absentee by mail in the coming local May elections is strongly encouraged,” Wright said. “Voters may choose reason ‘2A my disability or illness’ for absentee voting in the May 2020 elections due to COVID-19.”

Wright went on to add that voters who choose the absentee option should do so as soon as possible so they can get their ballots in time to return them by mail for the May 5 election.

The deadline for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the May 5 Town of Farmville General Election is Monday, April 13, at 5 p.m.

Candidates on the May 5 ballot are:

Member Town Council At-Large – Daniel Edward Dwyer, who is an incumbent and Carl U. Eggleston.

Member Town Council Ward D- Donald L. Hunter. Hunter is an incumbent and running unopposed.

Member Town Council Ward E – Sallie Overton Amos. Amos is seeking the seat currently held by Jamie Davis. Davis is not seeking reelection.

All wards will vote for one at-large member of town council. Wards D and E will also vote for one member of town council to represent their ward.

Wright said it was a possibility that in-person elections would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A letter has been sent to the commissioner of the Department of Elections from the president of the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia and the president of the Virginia Electoral Board Association inquiring about guidance on the upcoming elections,” Wright said. “We have not been advised from the Department of Elections on what would happen if in-person elections were canceled due to the COVID-19. We will continue to operate as normal as possible until guidance is issued about the elections.”

Applications to register to vote and absentee applications are available online at www.elections.virginia.gov.

Voters are reminded that state law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo ID at the polls.