Be A Voter: A Nonpartisan Resource for Election Information

November 3, 2020 is Election Day! There are several items on the ballot this fall. We have tried to compile all the information you will need to be ready to cast your vote!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bedford County encourages citizens to vote early in person or by mail this year.

 

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Important Dates for November 3rd Election

October 13, 2020: Last day to register to vote.
October 23, 2020: Last day to request mail in ballot. Be aware of mailing times! Waiting to close to the deadline may result in your ballot being returned too late.
October 31, 2020: Last day to early vote in person.
November 3, 2020: Primary Election Day.
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No Excuse Absentee Voting by Mail

You must apply for a ballot to vote by mail. The deadline to apply is October 23rd. Be aware of mailing times – waiting too close to the deadline may result in your ballot being returned too late.

How To Apply

Call the Bedford County Registrar’s Office at 540-586-7649 to request an absentee ballot
Click here to apply online for an Absentee Ballot at Virginia Department of Elections
You can also track your ballot at this link – when it is mailed to you and when it is received and processed.

Ballot Drop Box Locations

County Gym – 1059 Turning Point Road Bedford VA 24523
Bedford Central Library – parking lot off Robinson Way

Check with the Registrar’s office to confirm your eligibility to vote absentee by mail if you registered recently and have not voted previously. Special federal ID requirements apply to certain first-time voters.

Early In Person Voting

There will be NO in person voting at the Registrar’s office this year. All in person voting takes place at the county gym.

Early Voting start date: September 18, 2020
Location: County Gym 1059 Turning Point Road, Bedford VA 24523.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday Hours: October 24, 2020 from 9am to 5pm; October 31, 2020 from 9am to 5pm
Early Voting end date: October 31, 2020

Candidates

Please note: These are the candidates who qualified for the Virginia ballot by the rules set forth by the state. The names on the ballot will not necessarily be in this same order at the polling place. Voters will only see the offices for which they are eligible to vote on the ballot; for example, voters in Bedford County will not see candidates for Bedford Town Council. Please review your ballot carefully before making your selections.

 

Office

District

Candidate

Party

Candidate Website

President National Joseph R. Biden /Kamala D. Harris Democratic Candidate Website
Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence Republican Candidate Website
Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy F. “Spike” Cohen Libertarian Candidate Website
U. S. Senate Statewide Mark R. Warner Democratic Candidate Website
Daniel M. Gade Republican Candidate Website
U. S. House of Representatives 5th Congressional B. Cameron Webb Democratic Candidate Website
Robert G. “Bob” Good Republican Candidate Website
6th Congressional Nicholas A. Betts Democratic Candidate Website
Benjamin L. Cline Republican Candidate Website
Clerk of Court County Judy E. Reynolds Republican
Bedford Town Council Town Bruce Erik Hartwick Independent Candidate Website
C. G. Stanley Jr Independent Candidate Website
F. Bryan Schley Independent Candidate Website
Stacey L. Hailey Independent Candidate Website
Timothy W. Black Independent Candidate Website
Bruce M. Johannessen Independent Candidate Website

 

Proposed Amendment 1

Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment (2020): Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to establish a redistricting commission, consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth, that is responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the Governor’s involvement and to give the responsibility of drawing districts to the Supreme Court of Virginia if the redistricting commission fails to draw districts or the General Assembly fails to enact districts by certain deadlines?

Fair Maps VA – advocates voting yes on Amendment 1

Fair Districts VA – advocates voting no on Amendment 1

Debate Schedule

Presidential Debates
September 29, 2020 – Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
October 15, 2020 – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL)
October 22, 2020 – Belmont University (Nashville, TN)

Vice Presidential Debate
October 7, 2020 – University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

General Resources

BallotReady – Every candidate and referendum explained.

bestcolleges.com Student Voting Guide – Guiding college students through the process of voting, no matter where they are.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Encyclopaedia Britannica summarizes pro and con positions on current issues.

VoteSmart.org – Find biographies, issue positions, voting records, public statements, ratings and funding information about candidates.

TurboVote – A tool to help you make a plan to vote, including reminders that help you follow through.

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Bedford Public Library System. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

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