The Office of General Registrar and Electoral Board of the County of Nelson Virginia strive to promote the highest level of service to the citizens of the Commonwealth by providing equitable opportunities to register and vote; and by maintaining accurate records relating to voter registration, elections, election officials, and candidates. We are committed to promoting democracy and public trust in our endeavors to ensure fair and impartial elections.
Electoral Board and General Registrar
The Electoral Board is composed of three members who are appointed by a majority of Circuit Court Judges serving Nelson. They serve a three-year staggered term. Representation is given to the “…two political parties having the the highest and next to highest number of votes in the Commonwealth for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election.” Virginia Election Law 24.2-106
The Electoral Board appoints the General Registrar who serves a four-year term. The General Registrar and Assistant Registrar are responsible for registering people to vote, maintaining official registration records, educating the public about voter registration, and together with the Electoral Board and Officers of Election, administering elections for the County of Nelson.
2016 Dual Presidential Primary March 1, 2016
2016 General Election: November 8, 2016
The deadline to register to vote in the Presidential Primary election is Monday, February 8, 2016. The constitution of Virginia requires that voters be registered in the precinct in which they live in order to be qualified to vote. Qualified residents who will be at least 18 years of age on or before November 8, 2016, may register to vote. To register to vote, you must complete a voter registration application. Use this website to fill out the online application form. You can also download a blank mail-in voter registration application and complete it by hand. Voters may complete registration applications in person at a local election official office, DMV and other Virginia governmental agencies. Learn More.
Registered voters who need to change their address may do so by completing, signing and submitting a voter registration application, the voter card, or on-line at www.vote.virginia.gov . The deadline to change registration information prior to the General Election is February 8, 2016. If a registered voter’s address has changed, the voter should update their address to ensure they remain qualified to vote.
Voters may check their voter registration information online at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
Deadline to Apply By Mail: Tuesday, February, 23 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Deadline to Apply In Person: Saturday, February 27, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
On any election, whether General, Primary, or Special – the polls are required to open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
Electoral Board Members
David C. McBee | Chairman
Donald H. Bailey | Vice Chairman
Karen Catron | Secretary
The board meets every second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am at the Voter Registration Office to conduct regular business.
Nelson County is located in:
Congressional District 05 – Representative is Robert Hurt
Senatorial District 25 – Representative is Creigh Deeds
House of Delegates District 20 – Representative is Richard P. “Dickie” Bell
House of Delegates District 59 – Representative is Matt C. Fariss