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Voting with masks, gloves happens Tues.

Voters in Kenbridge and Victoria who have not requested absentee ballots will have the opportunity to head to the polls Tuesday, May 19 to elect mayors and members of the town council.

Polls will be open in Kenbridge and Victoria from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kenbridge voters will cast ballots at in the police training room at Kenbridge Town Hall, 511 East 5th Ave., Kenbridge. The Victoria polling location has changed. The Victoria poll for the town election is at the People’s Community Center, 1021 Tidewater Ave., Victoria. This is a change from the regular location at Victoria Fire and Rescue.

In Kenbridge, Vice Mayor Ken Blackburn is running mayor to replace Emory Hodges. Hodges is not running for re-election. Wanda Morrison and Raymond Hite Jr. have filed for re-election. Paul E. Perusse is running for a spot on the town council as well.

In Victoria, current councilmembers Sandra Jones, Christopher Gill and Ronald Mattox are running for reelection. Jeramiah Fix is running for a position on the town council.

Lunenburg County Registrar Carolyn Parsons said absentee balloting has been heavier than normal due to COVID-19 pandemic and the public health crisis surrounding the election. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam initially asked the General Assembly to postpone municipal elections to November, but the Senate did not approve the delay leading Northam to delay the election by two weeks.

Parsons said poll workers would be wearing gloves and masks. Voters are encouraged to wear masks to the polls as well.