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Friday, Oct. 20, 2023
Democracy is local!
We’ve gotten so many messages from community members about our voter guide — this year we’re giving you information about all the races in Charlottesville and 11 central Virginian counties. That’s 148 local races for school boards, sheriffs, court clerks, boards of supervisors, and much more.
It’s a big and important task! Many of you have told us how much it matters, and we want more people to be able to participate in how we build and shape our communities.
Here’s how it works: When you visit the 2023 Voter Guide for Central Virginia, you’ll see a map. When you enter your address, a button will pop up where you can see the Q&As and news about candidates running for local offices, from school board to commissioners of revenue. Even if there is only one candidate — or no candidate, as is the case for 21 races — we encourage you to take some time to get to know the people who want to represent you.
You can also scroll down below the map and browse by county, town or city.
Between now and the close of elections on Nov. 7, you’ll see many more Q&As with candidates added to the guide. Several of you have asked to see a simple list of what will be on your ballots — thank you for that feature request! We’ve already begun adding that information to our voter guide.
Here’s the page for voters who live in the Rio District of Albemarle County, for example. We’re adding information as quickly as we can to more districts and towns’ pages. Keep opening up these emails for updates.
(If you’re a certified candidate, please respond to those emails! We’re sending them as fast as we can to the addresses you provided when you registered to be on the ballot. We will let voters know if you do not respond or decline to participate.)
And here’s some quick voting information you might find helpful:
- Check this Department of Elections website to make sure all your voter registration is up to date.
- If you’re not registered, you can still register on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot. This type of ballot could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility after the close of elections.
- Here are the DOE’s instructions on how to vote by mail. Keep in mind, you have until Oct. 27 to request a mail-in ballot.
- And, of course, you can vote in person on Election Day, Nov. 7, 2023. Here’s where you can look up your polling place.
Let’s go voters!
Angilee Shah, CEO and Editor-in-Chief
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