Absentee voting under COVID-19 restrictions

If you are concerned about encountering crowds while voting in the upcoming June 9 primary, you may vote absentee by mail.
Absentee voting starts on April 24.  If you request an absentee ballot before April 24, your ballot will not be mailed to you until the 24th.  If you want to apply, go ahead and apply — in Northumberland County, our Registrar is receiving applications daily; ballots will be mailed out on and after the 24th.
 
There has been much discussion in both state and national news about postponing the June primary, or requiring voters to vote by mail.  NO DECISION ON ANY OF THESE MATTERS HAS BEEN MADE IN VIRGINIA AS OF TODAY, APRIL 1.
 
TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
CALL THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE and request a ballot.
Northumberland County Registrar
804-580-6224
804-580-4655
Lancaster County Registrar
804-462-5277
Westmoreland County Registrar
804-493-8898
Richmond County Registrar
804-333-4772
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ON-LINE
This is the State Dept of Election website page where voters can request an absentee ballot online.
DOWNLOAD, PRINT, COMPLETE AND MAIL AN APPLICATION
Mail the application to your county registrar; a list of registrars with mailing addresses and phone numbers is on the form.
USE REASON 2A – My disability or illness in Block 3 of the form; no supporting documentation is required.
REMEMBER: 
 The June 9 election is a primary — you must specify if you want a DEMOCRATIC or a REPUBLICAN ballot.  There’s a place in Block 2 of the form to indicate Republican or Democratic Primary.
The purpose of the June 9 primary is for the parties to select their candidates for the November 3 Senate and House races.
U.S. SENATE:
Democrat Mark Warner has no opposition in the Democratic Party, thus, his name will not appear on the ballot.
Three Republicans will be on the Republican ballot, the winner will face Warner in the November general election:
Daniel Gade
Tom Speciale
Alissa Baldwin
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Republican Representative Rob Wittman has no opposition in the Republican primary, thus, his name will not appear on the ballot.
Two Democrats are on the Democratic ballot, the winner will face Wittman in the November general election:
Qashim Rashid
Lavangelene (Vangie) A. Williams
 
Any questions — call your County Registrar.

Watch this website for meeting announcements

With restrictions on public meetings in place because of the COVID-19 virus, Northumberland County Democrats are suspending all meetings until further notice.

Below are links to pages on the Virginia Dept of Health website with valuable information about dealing with the COVID-19 threat.

Here is a link to the Virginia Dept of Health PERSONAL AND HOME PREPAREDNESS site.  This link has important information and we urge everyone to bookmark this page and refer to it.

Here is a link to the Virginia Dept of Health COVID-19 page   that displays a map, updated daily, with the sad news of deaths from COVID-19 and its continued spread throughout Virginia.

This page on the DOH website has recommendations for individuals and families for dealing with the threat from COVID-19.

 

Our next meeting: Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM

The Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020, is cancelled.  Watch this website for future meeting information.  Until we meet again, BE SAFE.

Our next monthly meeting is:
  • Thursday
  • March 19, 2020
  • 7 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville VA.

 Our meeting agenda includes:

  • Trying to make sense of the Trump voter
  • Philip Cox, candidate for Democratic nomination for First Congressional District.
  • Our Second Amendment resolution
  • Caucus to select delegates to the Virginia Democratic Party Convention. 

If you wish, bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM.

Democratic Party Presidential Primary: March 3, 2020

Virginia Democrats will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to select our candidate for President in the November 3, 2020, election.

Here is a SAMPLE BALLOT for the Democratic Primary.  Note there are fourteen names on this ballot.  Some of these individuals have announced their withdrawal from the race, however, these ballots were printed by Northumberland County in January because absentee voting started in mid-January.

Democratic Party primary sample ballot Feb 2020 BLUE

CAUTION:

If you use this ballot, DO NOT PRINT IT ON WHITE OR YELLOW PAPER.  White and Yellow paper are used for official ballots, and, for official sample ballots.  DO NOT USE WHITE OR YELLOW PAPER.  We recommend you use BLUE paper.

The notice at the bottom of the ballot states “Read Both Sides of Ballot.”  The back side of the ballot is blank except for the Northumberland County seal; there is no election information on the back side.

WITHDRAWN CANDIDATES

As of February 21, 2020, the following Democratic candidates have announced their withdrawal from the race.  However, their names appear on the ballot because ballots were printed in early January to accommodate absentee voting, which started in mid-January.  Furthermore, none of these candidates has informed the Virginia Dept of Elections that they have withdrawn; they have made public announcements that have been reported by the press, but have not yet informed the State.

  • Michael Bennett
  • Corey Booker
  • Julian Castro
  • Deval Patrick
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang

 

 

Our February meeting

Our February 2020 meeting will be:

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville (Hwy 360)

This promises to be a busy meeting featuring:

  • Democratic Congressional Candidate Qashim Rashid will speak with us.
  • Local authors Gwen Keene and David Cariens will address the “born-here come-here”gap.
  • Joe Schlatter will review legislation now before the General Assembly that affects elections and voters.
  • And — don’t forget:  Treasurer Badger Godwin will pass the donation jar!!

Everyone is invited — Democrat, Republican, Independent, Unaffiliated, Interested, Curious, or just looking for a place to meet friendly folks.

 

Kevin Washington withdraws from Democratic Congressional race

We are disappointed to report that Kevin Washington has announced his withdrawal from the Democratic Party’s race for Congress from Virginia’s First Congressional District.

We received the following announcement from Mr. Washington.

Dear Chairs (First District Democratic Party chairs),
We have, with much deliberation, decided to suspend our campaign. I truly appreciate all of the support and consulting you have provided. Without the financial backing required to run a strong campaign, we cannot proceed. I look forward to working with you in the future. The fight for change and equality is not easy. I plan to be on the front lines of that fight until our ultimate goal is achieved. Please, feel free to contact me anytime.

We all should be concerned at Mr. Washington’s reason for withdrawing:  Money.  Running for office has become almost prohibitively expensive, leaving our elections open only to those with deep pockets or wealthy donors who can afford to run for office.  This fact is a threat to our Republic.

Mr. Washington’s withdrawal still leaves three excellent candidates who are competing for the Congressional seat held by Republican Rob Wittman.

Vangie Williams – Strategic Planner, Program Manager, & 2018 CD1 Nominee

Phil Cox – Home Builder & Businessman

Qasim Rashid – Attorney, Human Rights Activist, & 2019 SD28 Nominee

Here is the schedule of candidate appearances as of February 8:

QASHIM RASHID
  • February 20:  Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting
  • April 27:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting

VANGIE WILLIAMS

  • March 23:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting

PHILIP COX

  • To be scheduled

All four candidates will be at a Candidate Forum jointly sponsored by the Lancaster and Northumberland County Democrats:  Monday, May 18, 6:00 PM, Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Northumberland County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Third Thursday of each month; 6:30 social; 7:00 PM meeting; Northumberland Public Library; 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville

Lancaster County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Fourth Monday of each month; 6:30 PM social; 7:00 PM meeting; Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Anyone who wants to meet these candidates is welcome to attend any of the meetings listed above — Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever — come, join us and meet the candidates.

Republicans mailing phony census letters: Alert your friends and neighbors, especially the elderly

2020 is time for the US census that occurs every ten years.  Soon, we will receive letters from the Census Bureau asking for household information.

HOWEVER, The Republican National Committee is sending  phony census letters that are an attempt to collect names and addresses, as well as raising funds for the RNC.  These phony letters are showing up in Michigan and likely will show up in other states.

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Here is a photo of a GENUINE Census Bureau letter from the 2010 census.

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Here is a photo of the PHONY “census letter” being sent out by the Republican National Committee.

Note the phony letter is titled “2020 Congressional District Census.”  This letter is a fund-raising letter for the RNC and for Trump.

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Please warn your family, friends and neighbors — especially older folks and those who perhaps will not be able to discern the real from the fake.

Democratic Congressional Candidates Coming to Our Area — Make your plans to meet them!!

It’s official: We have 4 candidates running for the 2020 1st Congressional District Democratic nomination! The candidates are:

Vangie Williams – Strategic Planner, Program Manager, & 2018 CD1 Nominee

Phil Cox – Home Builder & Businessman

Kevin Washington – Veteran, Cloud Computing Architect, & 2019 HD97 Nominee

Qasim Rashid – Attorney, Human Rights Activist, & 2019 SD28 Nominee

The Northern Neck is in Virginia’s First Congressional District; we are currently represented by Representative Rob Wittman (Republican, from Montross).  Rep. Wittman has been in Congress since 2010.

The four Democratic candidates listed above are competing for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Wittman in the November 2020 election.

Before running in November 2020, these candidates must face each other in a PRIMARY ELECTION on JUNE 9, 2020. These candidates are coming to Northumberland and Lancaster counties to meet local folks, answer your questions, and present themselves as candidates.

Here is the schedule as of January 29:

QASHIM RASHID
  • February 20:  Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting
  • April 27:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting

VANGIE WILLIAMS

  • March 23:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting

KEVIN WASHINGTON

  • February 24:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting

PHILIP COX

  • To be scheduled

All four candidates will be at a Candidate Forum jointly sponsored by the Lancaster and Northumberland County Democrats:  Monday, May 18, 6:00 PM, Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Northumberland County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Third Thursday of each month; 6:30 social; 7:00 PM meeting; Northumberland Public Library; 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville

Lancaster County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Fourth Monday of each month; 6:30 PM social; 7:00 PM meeting; Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Anyone who wants to meet these candidates is welcome to attend any of the meetings listed above — Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever — come, join us and meet the candidates.

Democratic candidates for Congress in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District

It’s official: We have 4 candidates running for the 2020 1st CD Democratic nomination! They are…
Vangie Williams – Strategic Planner, Program Manager, & 2018 CD1 Nominee
Phil Cox – Home Builder & Businessman
Kevin Washington – Veteran, Cloud Computing Architect, & 2019 HD97 Nominee
Qasim Rashid – Attorney, Human Rights Activist, & 2019 SD28 Nominee
The first 1st CD Democratic Candidates Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7pm and is hosted by the Hanover Dems Men’s Forum. The forum will be moderated by Rich Meagher, Political Science Professor at Randolph Macon College. To attend, RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at vnvaughan@aol.com or call or text his cell phone (201.826.7093) or call his landline (804.496.6217).
Qasim Rashid may be coming to our February meeting — more later.

First meeting of 2020

Our first meeting of 2020 will be:

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • 7:00 PM

  • Bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM

  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville (Hwy 360)

Remember our ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, Saturday, Jan 11; starting at 9:00 AM.  See the announcement of the call for this meeting — scroll down this page to see the announcement.