Charlottesville Board of Elections
The Charlottesville Board of Elections (also referred to as the Electoral Board for the City of Charlottesville) is a three member board appointed by the Charlottesville Circuit Court Judges to a staggered, three-year term beginning March 1st. Appointments are based on nominations from the local committees of the two political parties which received the most votes statewide in the most recent gubernatorial election. The Governor's party has two representatives on the Board and the party receiving the next highest number of votes has one representative. The Electoral Board is charged with conducting elections in Charlottesville and certifying the results.
- In the general election on November 7, 2017, Democratic nominee Ralph Northam defeated Republican nominee Ed Gillespie.
- In November 2016, 133 Virginia localities reported to Virginia Department of Elections.
- The general registrar shall notify the governing body whenever the number of voters who voted in a precinct in an election for President of the United States exceeds 4,000. Within six months of receiving the notice, the governing body shall proceed to revise the precinct boundaries, and any newly established or redrawn precinct shall have no more than 5,000 registered voters.
In May 2019, the Electoral Board for the City of Charlottesville was is in the process of appointing a General Registrar; the 4-year term of office to begin on July 1, 2019. The Statewide and Local 2019 election will be held on November 5th.
- 1 Electoral Board members and office
- 2 General Registrar/Director of Elections
- 3 Job Description / Duties
- 4 Electoral Board Meetings
- 5 Cellphone controversy
- 6 State Board of Elections
- 7 SB 1395 Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc.
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Electoral Board members and office
- Anne Hemenway (Democratic Party), Chair
- Jon Bright, (Republican Party), Vice Chair
- Jim Nix, (Democratic Party) Secretary
Electoral board members serve three-year terms and appointed to staggered terms.
General Registrar/Director of Elections
Job Description / Duties
The Electoral Board of each County and City in Virginia is made up of three members who serve three-year staggered terms. Two members are members of the political party of the most recently elected governor. The chair and secretary must represent different political parties unless the position is declined. Although the bipartisan board is appointed by the Circuit Court based upon local party recommendations, each member must carry out official duties in a nonpartisan manner. The authority for the administration of all aspects of elections for the locality remains with the Electoral Board, including oversight of the General Registrar/Director of Elections, and is responsible to the State Board of Elections for that administration. It employs and supervises the General Registrar, who handles voter records. Generally, the work of the Electoral Board should be shared equally by all three members, although the Secretary has additional responsibilities.
- Straight from City's website: The Electoral Board for the City of Charlottesville is a three member board appointed by the Charlottesville Circuit Court Judges to a staggered, three-year term beginning March 1st. Appointments are based on nominations from the local committees of the two political parties which received the most votes statewide in the most recent gubernatorial election. The Governor's party has two representatives on the Board and the party receiving the next highest number of votes has one representative. The Electoral Board is charged with conducting elections in Charlottesville and certifying the results.
Electoral board members serve three-year terms and appointed to staggered terms, one term to expire at midnight on the last day of February each year. The board shall elect one of its members as chairman and another as secretary. The chairman and the secretary shall represent different political parties, unless the representative of the second-ranked political party declines in writing to accept the unfilled office.
Electoral Board Meetings
The following meeting schedule was announced at March 12, 2019 meeting: 
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:45 PM in the Voter Registration and Elections Office, City Hall Annex Building, 120 7th St. NE, Room 142, for the purpose of conducting a random draw to determine ballot order for the Democratic Primary for City Council among candidates who filed at the same time, in addition to normal business.
- Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 5:45 PM in the City Hall 2nd floor conference room, for the purpose of reviewing and agreeing on questions for the first round of interviews for appointment of a General Registrar for the 4-year term beginning July 1, 2019.
- Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 5:45 PM in the City Hall 2nd floor conference room, for the purpose of determining those to be interviewed and scheduling interviews for the position of General Registrar.
- June 4 – At the Electoral Board meeting, in accordance with the directives in the Code of Virginia Anne Hemenway, Chair announced that a closed meeting would be held for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the position of General Registrar for the City of Charlottesville. The position currently held by Rosanna Bencoach.
- Tuesday, June 11 – at 7:00 p.m, the Canvass and Provisional Meeting for the primary was convened in the office of the Charlottesville General Registrar for the included purpose of compiling the results of the June 11, 2019 Primary Election for the 2019 General Election. Members of the meeting included the Electoral Board for the City of Charlottesville, General Registrar & Director of Elections, Voter Equipment Technician and the Charlottesville Clerk of Court. According to the Draft Minutes, the meeting was suspended at 10:30 p.m. and was resumed at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Former Electoral Board members
- Stephanie Commander, Democratic Party, left office in 2011.
- Joan Schatzman ,Democratic Party, Board Chair
- Rick Sincere, Republican Party
Former General Registrar & Director of Elections
- Sheri Iachetta, served as registrar for 15 years, resigned December 31, 2014.
- Charlotte Riddick, served as general registrar for 23 years, 1971 to June 6, 1994.
The Daily Progress reported in August 2014 that former member Joan Schatzman had turned over records that indicated former board member Stephanie Commander continued to use a cellphone paid for by the city more than three years after leaving service for a total of $2,530. 
State Board of Elections
The State Board of Elections was created by an act of the General Assembly in 1946. The act granted the board supervisory powers over elections earlier exercised by the secretary of the commonwealth and the Board of State Canvassers. The State Board of Elections supervises and coordinates the work of county and city electoral boards and registrars, thereby assuring uniformity in election proceedings and legality in all elections. After an election, the State Board of Elections transfers returns and other relevant records of the previous election to the Library of Virginia. Although most of the records are available at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond, some are housed at the nearby State Records Center.
SB 1395 Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc.
Amendments S.B. 1395 and H.B. 1890 prohibit state and local policy from denying or restricting anyone the right to vote because of their race, color or language they speak. The bill empowers the attorney general’s office to sue anyone suspected of violating election laws in a discriminatory manner, with civil penalties of up to $50,000 for a first violation and up to $100,000 for repeat offenses.
- Web. Charlottesville's voter registrar won’t seek reappointment, Nolan Stout, The Daily Progress, April 3, 2019, retrieved June 24, 2019.
- Web. Charlottesville paid cellphone bill of ex-official for 3 years, K. Burnell Evans, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 22, 2014, retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Web. Iachetta, Commander Arrested In Cell Phone Investigation - See more at: http://literockz951.com/news/064460-iachetta-commander-arrested-in-cell-phone-investigation/#sthash.PrHo5Tp8.dpuf, Charlottesville Police Department, Press Release, LiteRock Z95.1, September 17, 2014, retrieved September 17, 2014.
- https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn21_election.pdf Presidential and Congressional Election Returns at the Library of Virginia
- Web. Gov. Northam approves Voting Rights Act, making Virginia the first state to approve its own, RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC), Posted: Mar 31, 2021 / 01:42 PM EDT / Updated: Mar 31, 2021 / 01:42 PM EDT, retrieved April 3, 2021.