Voters will head to the polls on Mar. 3, 2020 to participate in the Democratic Presidential Primary.
All polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. A sample ballot is printed in this newspaper showing the names of the candidates. This ballot was pre-printed and some of the candidates are no longer running in the primary. The names of those individuals included who have dropped out of the race as of Feb. 24 are Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet, Deval Patrick and Andrew Yang.
Remember that Virginia residents do not register by party. Because of that, and the fact that the Democrats are the only party holding a presidential primary (Virginia Republicans will choose their delegates to the Republican National Convention at a state convention), any registered Virginia voter can vote in the Mar. 3, 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.
Voters are also reminded to bring an acceptable form of photo identification with them on Election Day. Virginia law requires that all voters present an acceptable form of photo identification when voting. A free voter photo identification card is available to any registered voter who does not already possess a valid form of identification and can be obtained by visiting any Registrar’s Office.
Henry County Registrar Elizabeth Stone said there were 34, 946 voters registered for the 2016 Dual Primary. Of that amount only 2,489 registered Democrats and 5,798 registered Republicans showed up to vote in the primary. Martinsville Registrar Cynthia Barbour said the city had 8,667 total registered voters in 2016 with 2,112 combined Democrats and Republicans participating in the primary.
As of Feb. 24, both the city and county have mailed out 45 absentee ballots with the county recording 16 in-person voters so far and the city recording 18 in-person voters.
A registered voter needing to vote by absentee ballot may do so in person in the Registrar’s Office. The final day for in person absentee voting is Febr. 29, at 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 276-694-7206.
Martinsville and Henry County polling places and locations are:
Bassett #2 Bassett Rescue Squad Training Center, 1946 Riverside Drive, Bassett
Gunville Bassett Ruritan Building, 277 Philpott Dam Road, Bassett;
Scott’s Tanyard Sanville Elementary School, 19 Sanville School Road, Bassett.
Fieldale Rangeley Ruritan Building, 134 Calloway Drive, Fieldale;
Horsepasture #1 Horsepasture Fire Station Recreational Bldg., 17787 A.L. Philpott Hwy., Ridgeway;
Horsepasture #2 Horsepasture Ruritan Bldg., 16209 A.L. Philpott Hwy., Martinsville;
Spencer Spencer Ruritan Bldg. (Lower Level), 150 George Taylor Road, Spencer;
Axton Axton Elementary School, 1500 A.L. Philpott Hwy., Axton;
Irisburg Freedom Baptist Church, 790 Irisburg Road, Axton;
Mt. Olivet Mt. Olivet Ruritan Bldg., 400 Ward Road, Martinsville;
Mountain Valley Mtn. Valley Leatherwood Club, 2485 North fork Road, Martinsville.
Collinsville #1 F-C Middle School (Entrance B) Left Side, 645 Miles Road, Collinsville;
Daniels Creek F-C Middle School (Entrance A) Right Side, 645 Miles Road, Collinsville;
Collinsville #2 Collinsville Primary School, 15 Primary Road, Collinsville;
Mountain View VFW Building, 2327 Old Chatham Road, Martinsville.
Bassett #1 Bassett Fire Station, 3735 Fairystone Park Hwy., Bassett;
Figsboro Figsboro School, 340 Ridgedale Drive, Martinsville;
Stanleytown Stanleytown Elementary School, 74 Edgewood Drive, Stanleytown;
Oak Level Oak Level Ruritan Bldg., 7668 Oak Level Road, Bassett;
Dyers Store Dyers Store Fire Department, 3230 Chatham Road, Martinsville.
Fontaine Rich Acres Elementary School, 400 Rich Acres School Road, Martinsville;
Hillcrest Rich Acres Fire Station, 1766 Joseph Martin Hwy., Martinsville;
Ridgeway #1 Ridgeway Library, 900 Vista View Lane, Ridgeway;
Ridgeway #2 Ridgeway Baptist Church (Social Hall), 15 Church St., Ridgeway.
Albert Harris 710 Smith Street
Administration 746 Indian Trail
Housing Office 605 Fourth Street
High School 351 Commonwealth Boulevard
Middle School 30 Cleveland Avenue
VMNH 21 Starling Avenue