The mission of the Voter Registrar’s Office is to:
- Provide equal opportunity for all qualified citizens of the City of Buena Vista to register to vote
- Maintain accurate voter records used in elections
- Conduct all elections at the highest level of professional standards, ensuring public confidence in the integrity of the results
- Be an information resource for citizens regarding voter registration, absentee voting, elections, and elected officials
The Registrar is open Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-5pm. Emilie Staton, Registrar, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Election Information
Last day to register to vote or change information is February 10, 2020
Election Day is Tuesday, March 3, 2020
What’s on the Buena Vista ballot on March 3?
- Democratic Party Presidential Primary
Absentee Voting Information:
- Voters wishing to mail their absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, to request a ballot through the local voter registration office or the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal at virginia.gov. The local registrar must receive all applications by the deadline in order to mail absentee ballots to eligible recipients in time for the election. The Department of Elections encourages voters who are requesting absentee ballots sent by mail to apply well ahead of the February 25, 2020, deadline, as the U.S. Postal Service advises that First Class delivery takes two to five days. Waiting until the deadline may not provide sufficient time for voters to receive their ballots and send them back on time. Applications for absentee ballots by mail received after the 5 p.m. February 25th deadline cannot be accepted. All absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, March 3, in order to be counted.
- Absentee voters have until February 29, 2020 to appear in-person at their local voter registration office to vote in-person absentee. The office is located in City of Buena Vista Municipal Building, 2039 Sycamore Ave, Buena Vista and will be open Saturday, February 29th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for individuals wishing to cast their absentee ballots in person.
- Voters also may visit the voter registration office during regular business hours from January 16 to February 29, 2020 deadline to vote absentee in-person. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed from 12:30-1:30
- Absentee ballot application forms can be found online at virginia.gov/absentee. These application forms may be submitted online, by e-mail, by fax or by mail. The Virginia Department of Elections is committed to providing absentee ballot access to all qualified voters. To see if you qualify to vote absentee, visit the Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov.
- Voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot in person must present acceptable photo identification. Voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID still may cast their ballot after completing the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application and receiving a Temporary Identification Document from their voter registration office. More information on acceptable IDs is available online at www.elections.virginia.gov/voterid.
SAMPLE BALLOT FOR MARCH ELECTION: March 2020 Democratic Primary Sample Ballot
How do I register to Vote?
Registering to vote is a uniform procedure statewide. You must either complete a Virginia Voter Registration Application or a National Voter Registration Application. Completed applications are accepted in person or by mail.
The General Registrar for the City of Buena Vista is Emilie Staton. Her office is on the first floor of City Hall and she may be reached at (540) 261-8605.
To be eligible to vote in the next election, registration must be completed 21 days prior.
Applications are also available at:
- Voter Registration Offices in Virginia
- Government Agencies in Virginia, including
- Post Offices
- Public Libraries
- Division of Motor Vehicles locations
- Social Services
Once your application has been processed, you will be mailed a Voter Registration Notice, which provides where you vote and your federal, state and local election districts.
- You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
- You must be a resident of Virginia.
- You must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day.
- You must not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
- If you have been convicted of a felony, your voting rights must be restored.
- You must not be currently judged by a circuit court to be mentally incompetent.