Keister Elementary Added to Firehouse Primary

Brent Finnegan -- April 13th, 2010

The date and the time remain the same, but Republican Party leaders have added a city voting location, Keister Elementary School, to their House of Delegates 26th district firehouse primary, which will be held one week from today.

On March 31, Rockingham County Republicans had decided to hold the party primary at Lacey Spring Elementary in the county. The following week, John Elledge, a candidate from the city objected to the choice, stating that one location so close to county candidate Tony Wilt’s hometown was not only unfair, but in violation of the Republican Party of Virginia’s Plan of Organization. The plan requires one polling location per “unit,” and Elledge pointed out that the city and county are separate units.

26 HoD district map

In addition to a city polling location, Elledge and Harrisonburg City Republican Committee Chairman Tracy Evans had requested the vote be delayed until May 15, and that a third location be added in Dayton.

According to the amended official call posted to the Elledge campaign Facebook page today, Joel Hensley, Chairman of the 26th House District Committee of the Republican Party, named Keister Elementary as the second polling location in the district. Polls at those two locations will be open 4:00 to 8:00 pm April 20 (the same window of time as Lacey Spring).

No location was added in Dayton. Dayton area voters must travel to Lacey Spring to participate.

Video uploaded by YouTube user soehler1.

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13 Responses to “Keister Elementary Added to Firehouse Primary”

  1. Callie says:

    I would like to know WHO is allowed to vote in this primary. Do you have to be a registered as a republican, or do you just have to be a registered voter living in the 26th district?

  2. JGFitzgerald says:

    OK, this is just funny. Or not. The route on the map is Dayton to Lacey Spring to vote in this fair and balanced primary. The red dot down on the Dayton end is approximately where Keister is. You drive, they decide.

  3. Megan says:

    Anyone want to carpool?

  4. republitarian says:

    Lacey Springs is a the most central location… Tony’s backyard.

  5. Johnston says:

    “Do you need to be registered republican?” Seriously? To ask that question means that you fit in with the simple folk around here. How sad.

    • Renee says:

      It’s not a dumb question. There are many types of primaries:

      • Callie says:

        Thanks, Renee!@ Johnston: Actually since I am NOT from around here I understand that there are several different types of primaries and I guess what I was really wondering is whether they would have a voter sign an intent to vote for the republican candidate. This concern was addressed in comments below.

  6. Emmy says:

    I’m very aware that a Republican will likely win this and I do care which Republican it is. If I don’t have to sign something professing my love for all things Conservative I will happily go to either location to vote for this person. I’m guessing they really don’t want the libs there though ;)

  7. seth says:

    hell no!

    aren’t all primaries open in VA?

    • JGFitzgerald says:

      Not actually a primary, but a “firehouse primary,” run by the Republican Party, not by the state or localities. Also called a canvass or an unassembled caucus, it’s the compromise between a party’s assembled caucus (such as Thursday’s to nominate Kai) and a state-run primary. The rules on who’s allowed to vote are in the link in the original post above.

  8. republitarian says:

    You have to pledge “your intent to support” the candidate(s) in the upcoming election….but “intents” can change.

    It is not legally binding and isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

  9. Lowell Fulk says:

    And, there is no registration by party in Virginia. When someone refers to themselves as a “Registered Repbulican” or “Democrat” they simply misunderstand.

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