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CircleUp holds online forum on voting

Yes, Virginia, you can vote safely in 2020, even during a pandemic.

That was the main takeaway at CircleUp Middle Peninsula’s Sept. 9 forum on voting in 2020, “Voting in the Pandemic.” The public forum was presented online using Zoom and Facebook, and registrars from Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex all participated.

Carla Faulkner (Mathews) and Melissa Welch (Middlesex) were both live at the forum; Bobbi Morgan (Gloucester) was unable to be present, but she was asked the questions ahead of time, and forum moderators shared her answers. Leonne Arsenovic and Kathleen Kellar were the moderators, and Nancy Keenan and Ella Webster provided technical support.

With many voters choosing absentee voting in order to avoid contact with COVID-19, all three counties are taking special measures to make sure all absentee ballots get where they are supposed to in time to be counted. No-excuse absentee voting is the biggest change at the state level, and mail-in absentee ballots do not requ...

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