Greene County voters will have two chances to have their voices heard in several state and local elections this year—a Republican primary next month and the November general election for a number of open positions that serve the region.

Incumbent Sen. Emmet Hanger, R-Mount Solon, faces Tina Freitas for the Virginia 24th District senate seat in a primary on June 11. All precincts will be open for the primary and absentee voting is open, according to Jennifer Lewis-Fowler, Greene County registrar.

“Absentee voting for the Republican primary has been ongoing since April 26,” she said. “People can do it in our office, but they still have to meet one of the reasons for voting absentee. I can also mail copies of the ballot to people if they can’t come in here to get one. They just need to call our office.”

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.

The office will be open Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect absentee ballots. Whether by mail or in person all absentee ballots must be received in the registrar’s office by 7 p.m. on June 11.

Whoever wins the primary will face Democrat Annette Hyde for the seat in November.

When it comes to the November general election, most local candidates have until June 11 to turn in their signatures and paperwork. However, Lewis-Fowler said candidates have been a bit slow to do that this year. While some candidates have turned in some paperwork, at press time the only verified candidates for local office are Sheriff Steve Smith, who is seeking his third term, and Robert E. Runkle and Philip C. Morris for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District director positions.

In addition to the sheriff, voters in Greene County will be choosing for the following open positions: commonwealth attorney; commissioner of the revenue; Monroe District board of supervisors and school board members; Ruckersville District board of supervisors and school board members; at large board of supervisors and school board seats; and two seats for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. Each of those seats requires 125 petition signatures from Greene County voters either from their districts or general public (if it serves the entire county) to be eligible to run.

Greene County Circuit Court Judge Dale Durrer signed last week an order for a special election for the Greene County Circuit Court clerk position after Brenda Compton resigned effective May 31. Even though it’s a special election, it will still be held during the Nov. 5 general election.

Since it’s a special election that was just authorized, paperwork and signatures for clerk are due Aug. 16.

The number of registered Greene County voters rose last year and 2019 appears to be following the same pattern.

In 2018 Greene County added 342 new voters to the rolls ending the year with 13,319 registered voters. Since Jan. 1, Greene has seen those numbers rise even more with 378 added. Of those 378, 179 are new voter registrations and 199 are transferred voter registrations from other Virginia localities.

Lewis-Fowler noted that April is higher because of registrations from high school seniors eligible to vote this year and several transfers back to Greene from those in Preddy Creek now that the boundary issue is resolved.

Voters must be registered to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 15 for the general election. Absentee ballot requests by mail must be in by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Request for inperson absentee voting must be done by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Greene County General Registrar’s Office in Stanardsville. All absentee ballots must be in the registrar’s office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.

For information about candidates or to register to vote locally, contact Lewis-Fowler at 32 Stanard St., Stanardsville or by phone at (434) 985-5213. For information about the upcoming elections and registering online, visit www.elections.virginia.gov

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