CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — As early voting for the General Election continues at record pace, the Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office is taking several safety precautions to ensure voters and poll workers are safe from the spread of COVID-19.
All poll workers are being equipped with masks and face coverings. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and spray also are on hand to clean surfaces and equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Once voters arrive to vote in person, plexiglass has been installed to separate poll workers from voters. Before receiving a ballot, voters are being asked to display their form of identification by holding it up to plexiglass to encourage limited exchanges between poll workers and voters.
Furthermore, pens used by voters are being immediately disinfected or discarded after use, and voters are being asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Voters who may be diagnosed with COVID-19, or are in active quarantine, have several options to cast their ballot:
1) Absentee Ballot Voting
Registered voters diagnosed or quarantining with COVID-19 can vote absentee by mail by submitting a Virginia Vote by Mail Application to receive a general election ballot.
Voters can request an application by either calling the Chesterfield Registrar’s Office at 804-748-1471 or by going online to the Virginia Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal.
The last day to request a mailed ballot is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
Once you receive your absentee ballot, follow the instructions carefully in voting and returning your ballot.
Voters are encouraged to immediately vote and return their ballots to the Registrar’s Office.
There are several ways to return your ballot:
- Mail your ballot back via the U.S. Postal Service by using the return envelope sent to your residence by the Registrar’s Office. Voters also can use a commercial delivery service such as FedEx or UPS to return your ballot.
Your ballot must be returned, or postmarked, to the Registrar’s Office by 7 p.m. Nov. 3.
2) In Person Curbside Voting
Each early voting location, along with all precincts during the Nov. 3 General Election, will include curbside voting.
Voters are strongly urged to make poll workers aware of their COVID-19 diagnosis to allow them to take the proper safety precautions while assisting voters.
For more information about the General Election visit www.PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.
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