WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The 2016 Presidential Election is fewer than four weeks away and Wythe County Registrar Carolyn King wants to ensure the county’s residents are familiar with the Commonwealth’s election laws and procedures.

County residents will see four separate items on their election ballots this year: choices for President & Vice President, US House of Representatives, and two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

The first proposed amendment would make Virginia’s present right to work law part of the Commonwealth’s constitution.  Additional information may be found at the following link: http://elections.virginia.gov/election-law/proposed-constitutional-amendment-2016/index.html

The second proposed amendment would provide localities an option “…to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty…”

Election day is scheduled for November 8, 2016, and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Individuals uncertain of where their local polling place is may contact the county registrar’s office (276-223-6038) or simply look on their voter ID card.

Under Virginia law, all voters must present one of the following forms of photo ID while at the polling place: valid Virginia driver’s license, DMV-issued photo ID card, valid US passport, valid employee photo identification card, other government-issued photo identification card, valid college or university student photo ID card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia). Individuals who do not have an acceptable form of identification may contact Wythe County’s voter registration office (phone number listed in above paragraph) for a free ID.

In addition to overseeing the polls on November 8th, the county’s registrar’s office will also provide opportunities for absentee voting, either via US mail or in person at the county’s registrar’s office (245 S 4th St, Room #101, Wytheville, Virginia); however, under Virginia law, not everyone is permitted to participate in absentee voting – a full list of eligible reasons for absentee voting may be obtained by visiting: elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/

The county registrar’s office will be open to eligible absentee voters as well as citizens wishing to obtain more information Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday October 29th and November 5th between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

October 17th will mark the final day for individuals to register to vote, transfer registration or change their address. The deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them is 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016. These requests must be received by the local registrar by 5 p.m. on November 5, 2016, will serve as the deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person at the registrar’s office.

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