Election Day this Tuesday

Published 6:12 pm Friday, October 29, 2021

Election Day is this Tuesday, and there are quite a few choices to make on the ballot.

Across Virginia, voters will be choosing the three highest statewide offices on Tuesday.

Running for governor to lead the state of Virginia through the next four years are Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Glenn Youngkin and Liberation Party candidate Princess Blanding.


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Running for lieutenant governor are Democrat Hala Ayala and Republican Winsome Sears.

Running for attorney general are the incumbent Democrat, Mark Herring, and Republican Jason Miyares.

Across the state, voters will also choose House of Delegates candidates — in Suffolk, that’s for the 64th District, where incumbent Republican Emily Brewer and Democrat Michael Drewry are running, or the 76th District, where incumbent Democrat Clinton Jenkins has two challengers in Republican Mike Dillender and independent Craig Warren.

Across the city, there will also be elections for four constitutional offices. For Commonwealth’s Attorney, Craig Bales and Narendra Pleas are running for an open seat occasioned by Phil Ferguson’s retirement. For Treasurer, David Boyd faces off against incumbent Ron Williams. And Commissioner of the Revenue Susan Draper and Sheriff E.C. Harris are running unopposed for re-election.

Readers in the Sleepy Hole Borough will also find a special election for a School Board member to serve the remainder of a term ending on Dec. 31, 2024. Member David Mitnick stepped down from the board earlier this year, and Linda Johnson filled the seat by appointment, but running in the election to fill the remainder of the term are Heather Howell and Ebony Wright.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. You can visit elections.virginia.gov to find out where your polling place is, or you can call the Suffolk Voter Registrar’s Office at 757-514-7750.

If you have received a ballot by mail and not yet returned it, you can also drop it off at the registrar’s office, 440 Market St., first floor, or at any voting precinct on Election Day only up until 7 p.m.

Identification is needed to vote, so make sure you have one of the following with you. If you have none of these, you will be required to either sign an ID confirmation statement or vote a provisional ballot:

  • Voter confirmation documents you received after you registered to vote
  • Virginia DMV-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Any ID card issued by the U.S., Virginia, or a local Virginia government
  • Any student ID card issued by a U.S. university or community
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia
  • Employer-issued photo ID card
  • Nursing home resident ID
  • Valid tribal enrollment or other tribal ID
  • Any current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address


Election Day closings

Election Day is now a holiday in the state of Virginia, so some city offices will be closed. The following offices, facilities and services will observe the following schedule:

  • The Suffolk Public Works Department and TFC Recycling will pick up trash and recycling as scheduled this week. Cans must be placed at curbside no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. For more information on refuse collection, call Public Works at 757-514-7630.
  • The Southeastern Public Service Authority Transfer Station and Regional Landfill in Suffolk will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.
  • Suffolk Transit will run as scheduled on Tuesday.
  • Suffolk Parks & Recreation Joint Use Recreation Centers — King’s Fork, Creekside, Northern Shores, Oakland, Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn Jr. — will be closed Tuesday. The King’s Fork, Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn Jr. and Northern Shores Joint Use Recreation Centers will be open for the general election only.
  • The East Suffolk Recreation Center and the Whaleyville Recreation Center will be closed for normal operations Tuesday, but will be open for the general election. The East Suffolk Recreation Center and Creekside Joint Use Center will be open for Kid Zone Play Day daycare (registration required).
  • The Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration Office will be closed Tuesday.
  • Suffolk’s four major parks — Lone Star Lakes, Constant’s Wharf, Sleepy Hole, Bennett’s Creek — will remain open Tuesday; however, no park attendant will be on duty.
  • All Suffolk City Libraries — Morgan Memorial, North Suffolk, Chuckatuck — will be closed Tuesday. Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The Suffolk Art Gallery will be closed on Tuesday.
  • The Suffolk Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • The Suffolk Executive Airport and restaurant will be open for business and the general election on Tuesday.