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Posted on: October 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Six Things to Know about the November 3, 2020, General Election in Loudoun

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Loudoun County voters will go to the polls Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for a general election. Here are five important things Loudoun County election officials would like voters to know about the election:

1. Know When to Vote

  • Polls in Loudoun County will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 
  • Early voting continues in Loudoun through Saturday, October 31. Locations and hours for early voting are online at loudoun.gov/voteearly
  • Absentee ballots may be dropped off at more than one dozen locations in Loudoun. If returned by mail, ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3. Voters may also drop off their ballots at the Office of Elections and Voter Registration (750 Miller Drive SE, Leesburg) or polling place up to 7:00 p.m. on November 3.

2.  Know Where to Vote

Most voters will cast their ballots at their normal polling location on Election Day. However, there are some changes that that will affect the location of in-person voting at three precincts on November 3. 

  • Precinct 819 – Heritage Church in the Ashburn Election District has been moved to Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Road. 
  • Precinct 118 – Moorefield in the Dulles Election District has been moved to Briar Woods High School, 22525 Belmont Ridge Road.
  • Precinct 401 - West Lovettsville in the Catoctin Election District is returning to its original location of the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station, 12837 Berlin Turnpike.

Anyone who is not sure about where to vote may check their voter registration card or look up their polling place and related information online at vote.elections.virginia.gov. A list of polling places in Loudoun is available at loudoun.gov/polls

3.  Bring Identification and Face Covering; Observe Social Distancing 

Voters are required to show an acceptable form of identification at their precinct.  Acceptable forms of ID include a Virginia DMV-issued driver’s license, voter registration card, U.S. passport, student ID from a college or university located in Virginia, government-issued ID or an employer-issued ID.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voters will be required to wear a face covering when entering the polling place.  Also, due to social distancing measures in place, voting may take longer than usual, so voters should plan accordingly. 

4. Know What to Do if You Change Your Mind about Voting Absentee

Voters who have requested and received an absentee ballot by mail, but who then change their mind and want to vote in person, must bring the ballot with them to the polling place in order to vote. This will likely also cause a longer-than-normal wait time for the voter because of the process involved in surrendering the ballot.

5. Know Who and What is on the Ballot

Offices on the November 3 ballot include president and vice president of the United States, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Leesburg mayor and town council, Hillsboro mayor and town council, Round Hill town council, Virginia constitutional amendments and Loudoun County bond questions. Sample ballots are online at loudoun.gov/NovemberElection.

6. Stay Informed 

  • Text LCVOTES to 888777 to receive text alerts from the Loudoun County Office of Elections and Voter Registration or sign up for the Election Update category through Alert Loudoun, the county’s email and text notification system. 
  • Follow the Office of Elections and Voter Registration on Facebook and Twitter. Loudoun County Government also posts general information on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Get election results: Preliminary results of voting both in Loudoun County and statewide will be available at loudoun.gov/electionresults following the closing of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on election night.

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