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Posted on: April 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 16, 5 p.m. Update - Voters Encouraged to Vote from Home by Absentee Ballot for June 23 Primary

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
James City County voters will have a dual party primary election on Tuesday, June 23, 2020:

-- Republican Primary for U.S. Senate (Countywide) and U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District
-- Democratic Primary for U.S. House of Representatives, 1st District

Sample ballots will be posted when they are available.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all James City County voters to vote from home by absentee ballot. 

Here are your options for obtaining an application or making your request:

-- If you have a Virginia issued DMV I.D., you can complete an absentee application online. Visit Follow the prompts for requesting an absentee ballot. Please note the instructions regarding social distancing for your selections when choosing an absentee option and absentee reason.

-- You can also print, complete and sign a paper absentee application. Return by mail to: JCC Office of Elections and Voter Registration, 5300 Palmer Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188, by fax at 757-259-4945, or by scanned attachment email: You are required to ensure the completed application reaches this office.

--You can also call 757-259-4949 and request to have an absentee ballot application mailed to you.

All applications must be signed and dated. Review your application carefully before submitting to this office.

Important Dates & Deadlines for the June 23, 2020 Primary Election:

May 8 – Absentee voting begins, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

June 1 – Final day to register/update information

June 16 – Last day to request a ballot be mailed to you by 5 p.m. EST.

June 20 – Final day to vote absentee curbside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 23 – Polls open 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Social Services
Have you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Department of Social Services. 

Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Business Updates
Small Business Administration No Longer Accepting EIDL and PPP Applications As of today, the Small Business Administration is unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance program (including EIDL advances) based on available appropriations funding. Should additional funding become available, we will be sure to update you.

SCORE is requesting business owners take a quick survey. They will use the results of this survey to better understand business experiences during COVID-19. Responses are due today, Thursday, April 16.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: You can view the April 16 news online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Parks & Recreation
James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these challenging times. Visit to learn what’s open and closed.

Parks & Recreation wants to help you keep your spirits high and your mind and body well during these challenging times. Check out our new Virtual Programming page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. Look for more activities and how-to videos each week!

April 16 Policy Committee meeting
April 23 Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee meeting

For more information
Hotline: 757-564-2140

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 
- FEMA Rumor Control: 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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