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COVID-19 Election and Voter Information

for the May 5, 2020 Local Election


On March 16, 2020, the City of Staunton declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  City Hall closed to the public effective 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 and reopening will not be determined until a later date. 

Please conduct business with the voter registration office by phone, email, or online.

Currently, there are no changes to the May 5, 2020 local election.

Voting for the May 5 Election.  Registered voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming local election. To vote by mail, an application to request an absentee ballot must be completed and submitted to the voter registration office.  Use reason code 2A “My disability or illness” on the application.  A ballot will be mailed to you.  Applications for absentee ballots may be requested/submitted:

Applications and ballots can be mailed to, Voter Registration, PO Box 1092, Staunton, VA 24402, or deposited in the dark green city drop box on the corner of W. Beverley St. and Central Ave.

Deadline for absentee applications - April 28, 2020 by 5pm

Deadline for ballots - May 5, 2020 by 7pm

As an alternative to mailing an absentee ballot, in-person absentee voting is available in the Johnson Street parking garage. Email goldsmithmg@ci.staunton.va.us for more information.  

Instructions for in-person absentee voting:

  • Hours are 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. 
  • Park on the 2nd floor (2B) of the Johnson Street parking garage near the elevator.  Call the number posted and stay in your vehicle, if driving.
  • A representative of the voter registration office will meet you in the garage, check your ID card, and provide a ballot for you to complete. 
  • Complete your ballot and place it in a privacy envelope provided by the representative, who will insert the ballot into the voting machine on return to the office.

If you have any questions, email City Registrar Molly Goldsmith at goldsmithmg@ci.staunton.va.us

Next Election: May 5, 2020 Local Election

Sample Ballot for the May 5, 2020 Local Election

Canvass Notice for the May 5, 2020 Local Election



The Registrar’s Office maintains an accurate list of registered voters for the City of Staunton and administers elections in a fair, efficient, and equitable manner in accordance with the election laws of the U.S. Constitution and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


We also provide and approve applications for voter registration and absentee ballots. In-person absentee voting is available in the registrar’s office when ballots are ready, approximately 40 days before an election. The office will be open for in-person absentee voting on the Saturday before all general elections from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in addition to regular office hours.

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