Court Gives Loudoun Towns Permission To Push Back Elections

Mark Hand

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA — The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted the requests of the towns of Lovettsville, Middleburg and Purcellville to move their municipal elections to Thursday, June 4 in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The towns of Hamilton and Round Hill, which did not join the other towns in requesting an extension, are still scheduled to hold their municipal elections on Tuesday, May 19.

On April 24, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order moving local elections from May 5 to May 19 for 56 localities across the state. But local officials in the three towns in western Loudoun County questioned whether May 19 was too soon for residents to safely vote given the governor's stay-at-home order goes through June 10. They petitioned the state Supreme Court for the extension.

Loudoun County election officials are encouraging voters in the upcoming town elections to cast absentee ballots. Anyone seeking to vote absentee in the May or June elections may choose the reason “2A-My disability or illness” for absentee voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters may apply for an absentee ballot online.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the May 19 elections is Tuesday, May 12 at 5 p.m. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the June 4 elections is Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, social distancing measures are in place for in-person absentee voting at the Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 750 Miller Drive SE, Suite C in Leesburg. Only curbside absentee voting will be offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signs will direct voters to contact election officials upon their arrival. Voters will not be permitted in the office to vote.

The final day to vote an absentee ballot in person for the May 19 election is Saturday, May 16. The final day to vote an absentee ballot in person for the June 4 election is Saturday, May 30.

Voters do not have to apply in advance to vote absentee in person.

This article originally appeared on the Leesburg Patch