The next wave of voting in Louisa County is right around the corner, with a presidential primary scheduled on March 3 and the Louisa town council election in May.
Absentee voting for the Democratic primary is now open, with Feb. 10 the deadline to register to vote and Feb. 25 the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters can also request an absentee ballot in person at the county office building until 5 p.m. on Feb. 29.
Fourteen candidates are expected to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, even though several of them have already dropped out of the race. Cris Watkins, Louisa County registrar, said it’s up to individual candidates to inform the Virginia Department of Elections of their withdrawal.
The Republican Party is not holding a presidential primary, though there are several people challenging Donald Trump for the nomination. The party will hold a convention to choose its candidate on May 1-2.
The date of the primary is also the filing deadline for candidates to run for town council in the May 5 election. The terms of three councilors—Jessi Lassiter, Danny Carter and Jim Artz—will expire on June 30.
None of the three incumbents could be reached by press time about whether they intend to run again.
People interested in filing for the town election can find information at elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info or by calling the registrar’s office at (540) 967-3427.