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Spotsylvania Voters’ Guide November 2016

By Susan Larson. File photo copyright Fredericksburg.Today

Fredericksburg Voters’ Guide for the 2016 Presidential General Election
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Spotsylvania voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, to select the President of the United States, and 1st District and 7th District members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Two state constitutional amendments are also on the ballot. Polls are open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

On the Ballot for President
– Hillary Clinton and Timothy M. Kaine – D
– Donald Trump and Mike Pence – R
– Gary Johnson and William F. “Bill” Weld -L
– Jill E. Stein and Ajamu Baraka – G

On the Ballot for 1st District House of Representatives
– Matt Rowe – D
– Robert J. “Rob” Wittman – R
– Glenda Gail Parker – I

On the Ballot for 7th District House of Representatives
– Eileen M. Bedell – D
– David A. Brat – R

Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot
#1 – Article I. Bill of Rights.
1 Section 11-A. Right to work.
Ballot Question
Question: Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) on members of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

#2 – Article X. Taxation and Finance.
Section 6-B. Property tax exemptions for spouses of certain emergency services providers.
Ballot Question
Question: Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities 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, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

Registration Status and Polling Locations
The deadline to register to vote, transfer voter registration or change your address was changed from Monday, Oct. 17, to 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

You can check your voter registration status and find your polling location online via these highlighted links.

Voters may also complete registration applications in-person at a local election official office, Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Centers, and other Virginia government agencies. Learn more at Virginia’s How To Register webpage.

Absentee Voting
If you’re unable to make it to the polls on election day, you may cast an absentee ballot. Request and cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person at your local registrar’s office (see below).

In-person absentee voting begins Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The last day to vote absentee in-person is Saturday, Nov. 5.

Local Registrars’ Office
Spotsylvania County Voter Registration
9106A Courthouse Rd.
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Call 540-507-7380 for hours or with questions.

For other locations, refer to the voter registration website for your city or county.

Photo Identification Required
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID for in-person voting include:
– Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
– Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
– Valid United States Passport
– Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
– Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
– Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
or a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office
See a complete list and more information at Virginia Voter Photo Identification.

More
The Pros and Cons of Virginia’s Tax Relief Ballot Amendment

Will a “Right-to-Work” Constitutional Amendment Help Workers or Business?

Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Candidate Questionnaire: Gail Parker

Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Candidate Questionnaire: Matt Rowe

Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Candidate Questionnaire: Rob Wittman

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Voter Registration Deadline Extended in Virginia

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Wittman, Rowe to Debate October 24 in Fredericksburg

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Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Speaks in Fredericksburg

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Hillary for America Office Opening in Fredericksburg

Matt Rowe Named Democratic Nominee for Congress in Virginia’s First District

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