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3,900 voters to receive new cards because of polling place change

If you used to vote at Grafton Village Elementary School, don’t go there for the Nov. 5 election, or for any election after that.

Your new polling place will be at Dixon Smith Middle School, 503 Deacon Road.

About 3,900 voters are affected and will be receiving new voter cards in the next week or so. They have already been sent out in the mail, and should show up in mailboxes by Sept. 20.

Grafton Village is closed for a remodel, and the Board of Supervisors approved the change this spring.

Registrar Greg Riddlemoser advises voters in precinct 501-Grafton to throw out old voter cards when new ones arrive. But he emphasizes that this change, and the mailing of new cards, only affects 3,900 voters, not the entire county.

(Also, the name of the precinct won’t change, because it’s based on the area of the county, not on the specific school, he said.)

In other election news, volunteers are wanted to help at the polls. Anyone who wants to volunteers for November’s general election can sign up online through the State Board of Elections website, and can also receive more information via text message. Local officials will be notified when you sign up.

Here’s more from an SBE press release:

Polling places will be busy on Election Day, and general registrars throughout the Commonwealth are seeking reliable and friendly individuals to serve both on, and in the days leading up to, election day. Those who serve as officers of election are an integral part of the elections process and assist citizens in a successful and pleasant voting experience.

The only qualification to serve as an officer of election is that the applicant be registered to vote in Virginia. While officers of election are typically paid for their services, state law allows those serving to volunteer their time, which should eliminate conflicts with employers who do not permit their employees to engage in outside employment, and increase participation throughout the Commonwealth.

Individuals interested in serving as officers of election, should visit and complete the short form. After submitting the form online, individuals should allow their local general registrar’s office approximately two weeks to make contact. Individuals having questions may contact the State Board of Elections at 804.864.8901 or