Director of Elections with the Campbell County Registrar’s Office Kelly Martin said any registered voter can come directly to the Registrar’s office to fill out an absentee ballot in person this year.
“A lot of people don’t realize that we have absentee voting here in the office,” Martin said.
The office issued the following statement about in person absentee voting prior to Election Day:
“In-person, absentee voting will be available at the following location for the November 3, 2020 General and Special Elections: 41 Courthouse Lane, Rustburg, VA Voting will begin September 18 and will continue, Monday through Friday, until Friday, October 30, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Our office will also be open on Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, October 31, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.“
Citizens must register to vote by October 13. Martin said those with limited mobility will also be able to vote early at the registrar’s office if they so choose, as members of the office will come out with a ballot to accommodate those who need help.
Though the service was offered to some with extenuating circumstances in previous years, Martin said it is being offered to all voters this year.
Martin also said many are still needed to staff polling places on Election Day.
Campbell County resident Dorothy McGill said people who fall into age groups that have a higher risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19 may not want to line up to vote.
“People my age and other people don’t necessarily want to go to the polls where there could be a lot of people around,” McGill said.
McGill said she feels both safer in terms of not risking exposure to COVID-19 and in knowing that her vote will be counted by voting early at the Campbell County Registrar’s Office.
“When you go to the polls you fill out the form and it goes into the machine, and you actually vote,” McGill said. “That’s what’s going to happen down there. And that’s what I prefer, especially with this election.”
McGill said she thinks it is important Campbell County residents know there is another option to vote besides voting on Election Day or sending in an absentee ballot.
“I love my country, and I feel it’s my duty to go out and vote,” McGill said.