Who flipped the calendar to September already? I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and well.
August was a productive month even while Norfolk City Council was technically on recess – in name only! Much still happens including meeting with residents, businesses and planning ahead.
Vote! Tuesday, November 3 is a critically important election day. I encourage all to get out and vote. Norfolk is fortunate to offer four satellite voting locations where residents can vote early and/or drop off their ballot. The four locations include Lambert’s Point Community Center, Berkley Community Center, Mary D. Pretlow Library and the Jordan-Newby Library. These sites will be open at least 2 weeks in advance of November 3 and hours of operation (including Saturday hours) will be announced once known.
Additionally, you can vote or drop off your absentee ballot at the Norfolk Registrar’s Office – located on the first floor of City Hall beginning September 18. One can only vote and/or drop off their ballot for themselves, not other family members. So, I can’t drop off my household absentee ballots to a satellite location, each individual has to submit their ballot themselves.
Norfolk received money from the Cares Act to support the election efforts. The money will be spent on purchasing a high-speed scanner, additional voting equipment (for satellite locations), supplies, staff, and pre-paid postage for the absentee ballot return envelope.
I say all of the above regarding the additional voting options knowing that the legislation enabling this is still pending in Richmond as the General Assembly is still in its special session. The General Assembly needs to act quickly.
THANK YOU to all in Norfolk who are doing their part to mask up, being socially distant and practicing good hand hygiene. Our COVID-19 positivity rate in Norfolk continues to decline. Let’s keep up this great momentum as we head into the start of the school year.
Grateful. I am grateful for much every day and I am grateful for Norfolk’s strength. Stay positive. Stay well. Look out for your neighbors and friends.
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