HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Early voting for the November 2 election kicks off in Virginia September 17, and the Harrisonburg Department of Elections has been gearing up for the early voters.
This will be the third election with no-excuse early voting, after a law was passed by the general assembly last year allowing anyone to vote in the 45 days prior to an election.
There are a few races on the ballot including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
The 26th House of Delegates seat is up for grabs and in the Friendly City, commissioner of revenue and city treasurer are also on the ballot.
Harrisonburg’s Director of Elections Mark Finks says there was a good amount of early voters for the Democratic primary earlier this summer, and especially in 2020.
“We had close to half the number of voters that voted in the 2020 election in Harrisonburg chose either option for voting early in person or by mail, so it was definitely a popular option in 2020,” Finks said.
Early voting begins Friday morning at Harrisonburg’s City Hall atrium at 8:30 and runs until 4:30 p.m.
You can vote Monday through Friday until October 30 and there will also be two Saturdays open to vote early, October 23 and October 30.
On Friday, September 17, absentee ballots will be mailed or e-mailed to military and overseas voters.
Tuesday, October 12 will be your last day to register or update your voter information, and October 22 will be your last day to apply for an absentee ballot.
Finks says that during the last week of October there will also be drop box locations throughout the city to place your ballots, and more information on those locations will be coming soon.
Election Day is November 2.
One important change for those who will be voting by absentee ballot is that you will need a witness signature. This was previously waived under the governor’s state of emergency, but has since ended.
If you have any questions regarding voting in Harrisonburg you can contact the City Registrar’s office at 540-432-7707.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Augusta County has announced it will host a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 10 a.m., for the ‘K9 Cara Memorial Bridge’, which will include the unveiling of a sign honoring the service and sacrifice of K9 Cara.
The ceremony will feature remarks by Wayne District Supervisor Scott Seaton, Pastures District Supervisor Pam Carter, Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith, and Staunton Sheriff Matt Robinson.
The dedication and remarks will be held near to the property at 431 Old White Bridge Road. County officials say attendees will be invited to process toward the bridge where the unveiling of the sign will take place.
“K9 Cara touched a chord in the entire community’s heart. Augusta County wanted to show deep appreciation for the life of this special dog who gave its all in service to our citizens,” said Tim Fitzgerald, County Administrator.
Cara, a K9 unit with the Staunton Sheriff’s Office, fell from the bridge on Route 640 Old White Bridge Road while assisting the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in a search for a weapon thrown from a car under pursuit.
County officials say K9 Cara was ultimately euthanized due to the devastating nature of the injuries sustained.
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution April 14, 2021 to request from the Commonwealth Transportation Board that the bridge which spans over the CSX railroad be named the K9 Cara Memorial Bridge to honor K9 Cara’s work and show gratitude for her service for the county.
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - It’s now harvest season for many crops, including grapes that produce wine.
With a drought this summer, how has the lack of rain impacted our local wineries?
There may be a drought ongoing, but that can be a good thing for local vineyards. CrossKeys Vineyards is thriving. The lack of rain this summer created unique circumstances. Instead of grape growth completely depending on rainfall, controlled irrigation was used to help grow the grapes. This could be done at a steady rate to allow everything to grow with perfect timing, maximizing the product for winemakers.
“It really gives us a level of control that makes the grape growing process a lot easier and makes the harvest more of our decision than it is weather’s,” said Steve Monson.
Monson said that if a drier pattern continues for the next 6 weeks, harvest season will go very smoothly.
The remnants of Ida had little impact since the vines were starving for water. Too much rain this time of the year can reduce sugar content and lead to rot.