Congressional races, meals tax on Nov. 4 ballot
The ballot for the upcoming Nov. 4 general election has been set.
Locally, Gloucester and Mathews voters will be asked to choose between three U.S. Senate candidates and three hopefuls for the 1st Congressional District. An amendment to the state constitution is also on this year’s ballot. Additionally, Mathews voters will be asked whether they support the creation of a meals tax.
The normal polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with voter registrars in both counties reminding voters of the new photo identification required for voting.
When entering the polls, voters must present one of the following acceptable forms of identification: A valid Virginia driver’s license, DMV-issued photo ID card, valid U.S. passport, valid employee photo ID card, other government-issued photo ID card or valid college or university student photo ID card.
In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Mark Warner is opposed by Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. Those seeking election to the 1st District Congressional seat include incumbent Republican Rob Wittman, Democrat Norm Mosher and Independent Green candidate G. Gail Parker.
The constitutional amendment would allow the General Assembly to exempt from property taxation the surviving spouse of a soldier who was killed in action. The amendment provides that the surviving spouse must occupy the real property as his or her principal place of residence and any exemption ceases if the surviving spouse remarries.