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There's less than two weeks left to register to vote in the November election, according Danville Registrar Peggy Petty. The deadline is Oct. 15.

Dan River Region voters will cast their ballots Nov. 5, and residents who haven’t registered have less than two weeks to do so if they want to vote next month.

The registration deadline for those who want to cast their ballots in November is Oct. 15 — three weeks before the election, Danville Registrar Peggy Petty said.

Danville voters will decide whether they want to allow off-track horse betting in the city Nov. 5. They also will choose among candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate and Danville clerk of court.

In addition, there is a court-ordered special election for Danville School Board Member Elizabeth Leggett, who was appointed to the board after Ed Polhamus died in October 2018.

“She is the only candidate to run for the special election for her seat,” Petty said.

Leggett’s seat is up for grabs for a full four-year term in May.

As for Danville’s clerk of court, incumbent Gerald Gibson faces challengers Melissa Tuck and Charles Crumpler for the position. The winner will serve an eight-year term.

The Virginia General Assembly elections include the House of Delegates’ 14th District race, with Republican incumbent Danny Marshall facing off against Democrat Eric Stamps. The winner will serve a two-year term.

In the state Senate race, most Danvillians will choose between Republican Bill Stanley and Sherman Witcher Sr., an Independent, in the 20th Senate District.

However, voters in the Park Avenue and Coates precincts will pick from two candidates in the 15th Senate District, where Republican incumbent Frank Ruff will defend his seat against Democrat Virginia Smith.

Winners in the state Senate races will serve four-year terms.

Last year, Danville offered free bus rides on Election Day to boost voter turnout in the city.

Danville Transportation Director Marc Adelman said officials are not sure whether the service would be offered this time.

“No decision has been made at this time regarding this issue,” Adelman said via email Wednesday, adding a decision possibly could be made this week.

Vice Mayor Lee Vogler, who suggested the idea last year along with Mayor Alonzo Jones, said he wants to talk to Adelman and City Manager Ken Larking about possibly offering the service again.

“I think it went well from what I recall,” Vogler said. “I’d like to see it again.”

Danville has more than 27,000 registered voters, Petty said.

Those wishing to vote absentee can download an absentee ballot application, fill it out and sign it, or can call the registrar’s office at (434) 799-6560 to have an application mailed.

The application can be returned by mail or fax no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday the week before the election, according to the city’s website.

Absentee voting is for those who cannot make it to the polls on election day, for reasons including having to work at least 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open, being on vacation out of town, sickness or disability, students enrolled in college outside the city, and other pressing reasons.

“They [voters] have to have a reason to vote absentee,” Petty said.

The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Nov. 2. Absentee ballot applications — by mail — must be submitted by Oct. 29.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Photo identification is required for voting.

Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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