Congressional races, meals tax on Tuesday’s ballot
An amendment to the state’s constitution concerning exempting widows and widowers of soldiers killed in action from real estate taxes will also be considered.
On Tuesday’s ballot, incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, will be defending their seats against challenges from the opposing party, as well as third-party candidates.
Normal polling locations will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day in both Gloucester and Mathews.
Registrars in both counties are encouraging all registered voters to remember to bring at least one acceptable form of photo identification, which is now required in order to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Virginia driver’s license, DMV-issued photo ID card, valid U.S. passport, valid employee ID card, other government-issued photo ID card or valid college or university student photo ID card.
Absentee voting is still available in both counties’ registrar offices from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Friday. The registrar offices will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, which is the last day to vote in-person absentee.
In the race for Senate, Warner is opposed by Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Robert Sarvis.
A former Virginia governor, Warner, 59, of Alexandria, was first elected to the Senate in 2009, filling the seat of long-time Sen. John Warner.
Warner invested in the earliest days of the cell phone industry and eventually co-founded the company that became Nextel.
Since that time, he said he has channeled his strong business experience into his public service by focusing on policies that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and promote fiscal responsibility.
As governor, Mark Warner said he worked with Republicans to turn a $6 billion budget shortfall into a $1 billion surplus.
As senator, Mark Warner said he has been a leader in bipartisan efforts to eliminate red tape, promote accountability and impose greater transparency in federal spending.