Voter Registration and Elections

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This section will be added to as we get closer to the 2020 Presidential Election.  Still need clarification? Call us at: 757-678-0480. 



In Person Absentee Voting

A Northampton Voter's Guide to Early Voting

 

In-person absentee voting will be a little different this year due to new legislation and our continuing efforts vote safely during Covid-19 restrictions.

The new legislation allows voters to vote in person before the election without having to have a reason or excuse. So, voters will not have to fill out an application to vote in person, as was done in the past. Voters will now simply show their ID at the check in desk and then vote. New legislation has also ended the requirement to have a photo ID to vote. Your best bet is still a Virginia drivers license, which is valid even if expired. The voter ID list below details your other options.  
Voter ID List (PDF)


Covid-19 restrictions are still in effect for the Northampton County Administration Building, so a mask is required to enter the building to vote. If you do not have a mask on, or if you are not wearing it properly, you will vote outside. This is not up for debate. On the porch leading to the voting entrance, you will see markers for social distancing. Your cooperation with these Covid-19 restrictions will help us run a more orderly election and keep the line moving.

Helpful Hints for a Great Early Voting Experience

 

  • Enter the building using the walk way that leads to the porch facing the Eastville Inn. There will be signs to help you.
  • Wear a mask and bring a valid ID.
  • We are still offering curbside voting. Please have your helper come into our office and show us your ID, and we will bring the ballot to you in the car.
  • Please review the referendums before entering the office to vote. We are sworn to be impartial
    and cannot help you figure them out.
  • Likewise, any political speech or campaigning is prohibited in the office. You may wear campaign gear, but you cannot advocate for a candidate or party in the office.
  • Don't bring your dog or other pet.
  • Please respect your fellow voters so we can all have an enjoyable time voting.

VOTE WELL, NORTHAMPTON!


 


One Ballot, One Vote

Northampton Voters,

We are beginning to see a trend: People have requested absentee ballots to be mailed to them, but come in to vote in person anyway. Please do not do this. If you have requested an absentee ballot through the mail, please vote that ballot and mail it in. If you have misgivings about mail service, then you may drop off your voted ballot, sealed in envelope B,  at our office during regular office hours, 9-5 Monday through Friday. Dropping off your voted ballot is every bit as secure as voting in person. Your ballot will be counted. 

If we mailed you a ballot, you may not vote in person unless you bring the ballot with you.

 


November 3, 2020 Election Sample Ballots 

 

NOTE TO CANDIDATES AND CAMPAIGNS: You may use these sample ballots to create your own sample ballot. Please do the following to comply with Virginia Election Law:

1)Remove the Electoral Board's authorization from the bottom of the ballot and replace it with your campaign's authorization. For example, "This sample ballot is authorized by the Jane Doe for Town Council campaign committee."
2) You may print sample ballots on any color paper except white, and your ballot must must clearly state "SAMPLE BALLOT" on it.
If you have any questions, please call the office, and we will happily assist you.

Countywide Ballot  

Eastville Town Ballot 

Cheriton Town Ballot 

Nassawadox Town Ballot 

Presidential Only Ballot 

Federal Only Ballot 


 



Want to learn more about what will be on the ballot? Visit our, "What's On My Ballot?" page. 




November 3, 2020, Presidential Election

 

Absentee Voting

Virginia now has early voting starting 45 days before the election. No excuse is needed to vote absentee in person or with a mailed ballot.

ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON

Early in-person voting begins on September 18 in our office in the county complex in Eastville. Voting will be available Monday through Friday from 9-5.

 

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL

Voters who wish to vote absentee by mail will need to send in an application to receive their ballot. You can apply online at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/
You can also request an application by phone or fill one out at our office.

Voters, we are still not certain what Covid-19 restrictions will, or will not be, in place for the November Presidential Election. Polling places may still be allowing only one voter in at a time as in the May and June elections. Please consider your best option and plan accordingly.

IMPORTANT DATES for NOVEMBER 2020

September 18—In person absentee voting begins
October 13—Last day to register or update information
October 23—Last day to request a mailed ballot
October 24 & 31—Office open on Saturday 9-5
October 31—Last day to vote in person absentee

Request an absentee ballot: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/

Email us: vote@co.northampton.va.us
Call us: 678-0480


 

Going to the polls on November 3, 2020 to vote in the Presidential Election? Find out where to vote on the Where do I Vote? page
First look at the District Map to determine your voting district Then look up your Polling Place. Still need help? Call the Voter Registration office at 757-678-0480. 


Election Information

 

The Electoral Board and General Registrar are responsible for virtually all aspects of voter registration and election administration in Northampton County. They are committed to providing each citizen of Northampton County with the opportunity to exercise his or her right to vote in an efficient and equitable manner in accordance with the Constitutions of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Code of Virginia.

The Northampton County Electoral Board is a bipartisan board responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections held in Northampton County. This board promotes the proper administration of election laws, and campaign finance disclosure compliance. The Board is comprised of three members. The three members are appointed on a staggered term basis for a three-year term. The Circuit Court Judges receive nominations for appointment from the political parties. Two electoral board members shall be of the political party which cast the highest number of votes for Governor in the last election.

The Code of Virginia mandates that the Electoral Board meet in February and March and to hold a Canvas of Votes after each election. The Board calls for other meetings as the need arises. In addition, Board Members must be available to oversee operations at each polling place throughout the day on Election Day.

The General Registrar is appointed for a four-year term and is charged with the responsibility of implementing procedures used to properly register voters, maintaining voter registration records, maintaining the registrar's office and ensuring uniformity, fairness and legality of the registration process in Northampton County. In addition, the registrar carries out duties delegated by the Electoral Board.

The Code of Virginia allows for Special Elections to be conducted under certain circumstances. In addition, each Political Party has the option of holding a Primary every June. A General Election is held every year in November and Town Elections are held in May in even numbered years.

The Electoral Board and General Registrar will gladly to speak to organizations and groups. Please call the office to make a request.


Ralph Orzo, Chair
JoAnn M. Clark, Vice-Chair
JoAnne Fitchett, Secretary
Terrence P. Flynn, General Registrar
Liz Smith, Assistant Registrar



Election Information: This page contains information on Election Dates, offices to be elected, polling place locations and hours of operation.

Voter Registration: This page contains information regarding qualifications to register, locations to obtain Voter Registration Applications and how to make changes to your registration information.

Candidates: This page contains information on candidates who have qualified to be placed on the ballot. This information is also updated daily at the State Board of Elections web site.

Elected Officials: This page contains a list of elected officials, Federal, State and Local (County and Town) their term of office and contact information.


Department Staff Information

Terrence P. Flynn
General Registrar

Liz Smith
Assistant Registrar

Voter Registration
16404 Courthouse Rd
PO Box 510
Eastville VA 23347

Phone: 757-678-0480
Fax: 757-678-0453

vote@co.northampton.va.us