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Election is One Week from Today

Today is the last day Virginia voters can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them. Voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a ballot for the Nov. 7 election. Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year. Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam and Libertarian Cliff Hyra are vying to replace outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. Voters have until Nov. 4 to request an absentee ballot in person. To vote absentee, voters must have a valid reason and in some cases provide supporting information. Absentee ballots can be requested online at

The election is a week from today. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for Ed Gillespie (Republican), Ralph Northam (Democrat), or Cliff Hyra (Libertarian) for Governor. Jill Vogel (Republican), or Justin Fairfax (Democrat) for Lieutenant Governor, and John Adams (Republican), or Mark Herring (Democrat) for Attorney General. If you are a resident of the City you’ll vote for City Sheriff – either incumbent Steve Draper or Jackie Dillard. Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney – incumbent Clay Gravely or former Martinsville Commonwealth’s Attorney, Joan Ziglar. Martinsville Commissioner of Revenue – Ruth Easley or Tyler Freeland, and current Treasurer Cindy Dickerson is running unopposed. In the County for Henry County Board of Supervisors:, Iriswood district, Naomi Hodge-Muse or David Martin, Collinsville District – incumbent Joe Byrant or Brad Kinkema. School Board, Iriswood District – Ben Gravely or Makunda Abdul-Mbacke.

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