GET OUT AND VOTE ON MAY 19TH
YOUR CITY YOUR VOICE
Latest updates from the campaign:
THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA HAS DIRECTED THAT ALL LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE STATE WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY MAY 19TH. DUE TO COVID 19 THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE IS STILL ENCOURAGING VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT. BALLOTS ALREADY SUBMITTED FOR MAY 5TH WILL BE GOOD FOR THE MAY 19TH ELECTION. THE POLLING LOCATION OPEN FOR MAY 19TH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED AS OF APRIL 25TH 2020.
E-Mail to Governor Northam 4/14/20
Dear Governor Northam:
My name is Hunter Holliday and I am a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 36 years’ service. I am
running as a Republican for Salem City Council and your proposal to move the May 5th Election to
November 3rd has left me troubled and concerned. I and my volunteer staff have spent many hours and
over $5,000.00 of my own funds financing my candidacy for the May 5th Election. I cannot personally
speak for the other 4 candidates running for Salem City Council, but I would think their stories would be
COVID-19 has brought many challenges to this election. When I formally announced my candidacy to run for Salem City Council on February 29th, I was concerned about how the coronavirus would impact the May 5th Election. I have personally met with Congressman Morgan Griffith, Delegate Joe McNamara, the City Registrar Dana Oliver, Salem City Manager Jay Taliaferro, Salem Board of Elections Chairman Everette B. Obenshain Jr., and spoke to The State Board of Elections Liaison to the City of Salem Tonya Pruitt. All meetings were in reference to receiving guidance and planning in the event the polls would not be open on May 5th.
As of today, April 14, 2020, the only guidance received from the Richmond State Board of Elections Office was to request absentee ballots from Registered Voters and approval was authorized for City of Salem Registered Voters to use the 2A Option for disability and illness. I and my volunteer staff have been campaigning diligently per the Registrar's guidance in getting the word out to the Salem voters to submit an absentee ballot application. We have delivered absentee ballot applications door to door and I even published a full-page ad in the Salem Times Register with a cut-out absentee ballot application for Salem voters to fill out and send in.
To date, we have received over 1400 absentee ballot applications in the Registrar's office. We only had
1800 vote in the 2016 Salem City Council Election. Postponing this election until November 3rd is not the answer. The Registrar's Office and candidates for Salem City Council have invested too much time and money to continue this election to November 3rd. Over 1400 City of Salem voters who have submitted Absentee Voter Applications. They deserve better than a General Assembly April 22nd vote to extend this election. Our Citizens Deserve Better! CONFUSION AND THROWING OUT VOTES IS NOT THE ANSWER!
The answer is simple, and one that the Registrar Dana Oliver and I spoke about from day one. By April 28th , we will probably have close to 1800 absentee ballot applications in the Registrar's Office, and probably close to 1,000 Ballots submitted. Again, only 1800 voted in the 2016 City Council Election. Most Registered Voters that are going to vote would have already submitted their ballots before May 5th.
Make the Salem Civic Center the only Polling Location open for this Election for the following reasons:
* Most Ballots will have already been submitted
* Sparse in-Person Voter turn-out
* Large Space for Social Distancing
* Separate Rooms for Voting Machines
* Multiple Entrances and Exits
* Large Parking Area
PUBLISH AND COMMUNICATE IMMEDIATELY to Voters that the Election will move forward on May 5th. The Salem Civic Center will be the only polling location open. ELIMINATE VOTER CONFUSION, BUT DO NOT ELIMINATE THE ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTES ALREADY SUBMITTED.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact me at the number below.
H. Hunter Holliday III
Republican for Salem City Council
ROANOKE TIMES MARCH 3, 2020
HEADLINE - 3 new candidates join race with 2 incumbents for Salem City Council seats:
SALEM TIMES REGISTER MARCH 5, 2020
HEADLINE - HUNTER HOLLIDAY RUNNING TO JOIN SALEM CITY COUNCIL
Monday, March 30, 2020 10:00 AM
VOTER INFORMATION MAY 5TH ELECTION
MAY 11, 2020:
Citizens of Salem as a reminder if you have an OFFICIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT you must VOTE and send to the REGISTRAR'S OFFICE. DO NOT THROW AWAY...YOU CAN NOT USE THIS BALLOT AT THE VOTING LOCATION ON MAY 19TH.
ALL precincts will be open from 6am – 7pm for the May 19 local election. Five precincts have been relocated to the Salem Civic Center for the May19th and June 23rd Republican Primary elections ONLY! The Registrar’s office has begun sending out notices to all voters that this affects as follows:
Precinct 1 – North Salem #2 – First United Methodist Church
Precinct 3 – Beverly Heights – Fort Lewis Christian Church
Precinct 4 – West Salem – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Precinct 7 – South Salem #2 - Cardinal Police Academy
Precinct 9 – Southside Hills – Riverside Evangelical Methodist Church
ANY VOTER that requested and has received their ballot by mail for either of these elections needs to vote their ballot and mail it back to the Registrar’s office, before 7PM on May 19 for the May election, and before 7PM on June 23 for the Republican Primary.
MY CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER'S WILL BE RIDES TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS ASSISTANCE GETTING TO THE POLLS ON MAY 19TH TO VOTE.
PLEASE CALL 703-424-5326 AND LEAVE MESSAGE TO SCHEDULE YOUR RIDE. YOU CAN ALSO LEAVE A MESSAGE ON MY FB PAGE. PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE. "YOUR CITY YOUR VOICE"!!