ELECTION
Choices on Nov. 4 ballot
The Nov. 4 ballot in Patrick County will have a town council election, elections for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, a proposed constitutional amendment, and a referendum on a proposed restaurant meals tax (See related story)
(Candidates' names are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot.)
The three candidates for re-election to three seats on the Stuart Town Council are Rebecca J. Adcock, Terry W. Dalton, and H. Dean Goad.
The candidates for the U.S. Senate are Ed W. Gillespie, a Republican; Mark R. Warner, a Democrat, and Robert C. Sarvis, a Libertarian.
Warner, a former governor of Virginia, is seeking re-election to a second term.
Incumbent Congressman H. Morgan Griffith, a Republican, is seeking re-election as the representative of the Ninth Congressional District.
Griffith is being challenged by independent candidate William R. Carr Jr. of Ararat in Patrick County.
The proposed constitutional amendment asks the question: "Shall Section 6-A of Article X (taxation and finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?"
 
 
Photo ID required to vote on Election Day
Voters will be going to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4. All polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sample ballots are printed in this newspaper showing the names of the candidates, the proposed constitutional amendment, and the local referendum on the restaurant meals tax.
Voters are also reminded to bring an acceptable form of photo identification with them to the polls on Election Day. A new law that took effect on July 1 requires that all voters present an acceptable form of photo identification when voting.
A free voter photo identification card is available to any registered voter who does not already possess a valid form of identification and can be obtained by visiting any registrar's office.
A registered voter needing to vote by absentee ballot may do so in person at the Patrick County Registrar's Office, which is located in room 216C in the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Building. The final day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.
For additional information, call the registrar's office at 276-694-7206.
Patrick County polling places and their locations are as follows:
Dan River District:
Ararat, Ararat Ruritan Building, 4711 Ararat Highway; Claudville, Claudville Community Building, 1828 Red Bank School Road; Willis Gap, Willis Gap Community Center, 144 The Hollow Road.
Peters Creek District:
Dry Pond, Peters Creek Community Building, 2130 Dry Pond Highway; Patrick Springs, Patrick Springs Fire Station, 181 Spring Road; Russell Creek, Russell Creek Community Building, 1808 Ayers Orchard Road.
Mayo River District:
Critz/Stella, Hardin Reynolds Memorial School, 3597 Dogwood Road.; Liberty, Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department, 3125 County Line Road.
Blue Ridge District:
Meadows of Dan, Meadows of Dan Community Building, 2858 J.E.B. Stuart Highway; Stuart Administration, Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Building, 106 Rucker St., third-floor boardroom.
Smith River District: Stuart Community Center, Patrick Henry Community College, Patrick site, 212 Wood Brothers Drive.; Elamsville, Fairystone Fire Station, 6687 Fairystone Park Highway; Woolwine, Smith River Rescue Squad Building, 9962 Woolwine Highway.
 
 
Restaurant meals tax on ballot for 5th time
By Nancy Lindsey
The food and beverage tax, also known as the restaurant meals tax or prepared meals tax, is on the ballot again Nov. 4 for the fifth time in a decade.
The referendum was defeated four times: in 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
This year, proponents--including the majority of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors--hope that two factors will help break the streak of losses.
The first factor is that the 2014 Virginia General Assembly passed legislation exempting non-profit organizations--churches, fire departments, rescue squads, and other charitable, educational or fraternal groups--from the former limit of three fund-raisers per year without collecting the meals tax.
The second factor is that the board of supervisors has pledged by resolution to spend the proceeds from the meals tax, if it passes, on improving emergency services in Patrick County.
Opponents of the measure basically say they are opposed to any new taxes.
The 4% tax would add 40 cents to a $10 restaurant bill. It is already in effect in all restaurants in the town of Stuart.
A copy of the food and beverage tax referendum question is on page 3, along with other choices on the Patrick County ballot.