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<br />Minutes, Jul 30, 2019 P a g e | 1 <br /> <br />MINUTES <br /> <br />City of Charlottesville Electoral Board <br />Meeting of July 30, 2019 <br /> <br /> <br />The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, in the <br />office of the Charlottesville General Registrar. Those present were Electoral Board <br />members Anne Hemenway (Chair), Jon Bright (Vice Chair), and Jim Nix (Secretary), <br />General Registrar, Melissa Morton and Acting Deputy Registrar Jamie Virostko. <br /> <br />On a motion by the Chair, seconded by the Vice Chair, the agenda was unanimously <br />approved without change. <br /> <br />On a motion by the Chair, seconded by the Vice Chair, the minutes of the July 2, 2019 <br />meeting were unanimously approved without change. <br /> <br />Public Comment <br /> <br />The following members of the public were present for this meeting: Sue Lewis, voter <br />service representative for the League of Women Voters; Audrey Dannenberg, League <br />of Women Voters representative; and Suzanne Michels, co-chair of the Charlottesville <br />Democratic Committee. <br /> <br />Due to parking problems at Tonsler Precinct during the recent primary, Ms. Michels <br />requested that the Registrar provide the campaigns with information on authorized <br />parking for candidate supporters. The Registrar agreed to provide the party chairs and <br />independent candidates with precinct parking information by email before each election. <br /> <br />Voter Registration at Naturalization Ceremonies <br /> <br />Ms. Dannenberg informed the Board of a recent decision by the Federal Court for the <br />Western District of Virginia that prohibits voter registration by third-party groups at <br />naturalization ceremonies. Several League of Women Voters volunteers had been <br />assisting new citizens with registration. Ms. Dannenberg, who is also a part-time <br />employee of the Registrar’s Office had formerly registered new citizens as a League <br />volunteer. Under the new restrictions, Ms. Dannenberg can register voters at the <br />Courthouse as a representative of the Registrar’s Office, but not as a League volunteer <br />or representative of any other third-party organization. According to Ms. Dannenberg’s <br />understanding of the recent Court order, only representatives of the Registrar’s Office <br />can register voters during the naturalization ceremony. These representatives may be <br />paid, or unpaid Officers of Election or members of the Registrar’s Office staff. Ms. <br />Dannenberg suggested that appointment of volunteers as Officers of Election might
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