Hanover registrar 'anticipating very small lines' on Election Day

Registrar: 'Teams will be ready to assist you curbside at every single polling place'
ealy voting line 02.png
Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 01, 2020

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Registrars across Virginia area gearing up for what could be record turnout on Election Day Tuesday.

"Every general registrar across the Commonwealth is probably in their office today [Sunday]," Hanover County General Registrar/Director of Elections Terri Smithson said. "Because right now we're running last-minute poll books and final absentees and documents that have to go out to the polling place on Election Day."

Registrars like Smithson are spreading the word on what voters can expect when they cast their ballot.

"We're anticipating very small lines at the polling places, you'll see the standard social distancing, sanitizing all of the surfaces," Smithson. "Teams will be ready to assist you curbside at every single polling place"

State election officials said members of the Medical Reserve Corp will be present at polling place to sanitize and wipe down common surfaces.

🗳️RELATED: Virginia localities take precautions to protect voters, workers

So far, Hanover County has received over 32,000 ballots out of the 84,000 registered voters in the county.

On top of the voters coming on Election Day, there are still mail-in absentee ballots that have not been returned. Smithson said officials are making sure each polling place has a ballot drop off box or bag for voters who have not mailed theirs in and do not want to go inside.

The clock is ticking, and local officials say they are doing everything they can to make sure you can safely cast your vote.

"Across the Commonwealth, we've had a lot of practice with maintaining the CDC guidelines," Smithson said. "The area is going to be safe and sanitized. You can absolutely please come and vote from your car at curbside if you don't want to want to go in. But rest assured, everyone in the polling place has your best interest at heart and we want to make sure that your voice is heard by November 3rd."

Polling locations across Virginia will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

For those in need of a ride to the polls contact :

Democratic Chair:
Dan McGraw 804-647-9958

GOP Chair:
Dale Alderman 804-241-2670
Rob Cornelius 804-306-0217

🗳️RELATED: Your voter's guide to the 2020 General Election

🗳️Complete Local Coverage: Election 2020

Richmond Mayoral Race
Mayoral candidate Kim Gray
Mayoral candidate Justin Griffin
Mayoral candidate Tracey McLean
Mayoral candidate Alexsis Rodgers
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney

U.S. House - 7th District
Rep. Abigail Spanberger
Del. Nick Freitas

U.S. Senate
Sen. Mark Warner (D) and challenger Daniel Gade (R) take part in "The People's Debate"

To learn more about key local elections, from Congressional seats to mayoral races to school board seats, click here for the CBS 6 voter's guide.

Watch CBS 6 News at 7 p.m. with Bill Fitzgerald on TV, or now streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. Just search "WTVR Richmond" in your app store.