October 2, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 PM by Chairman Dr. Roger Omwake. Present were Vice-Chair Marcia Fields and Secretary Nancy Drury Duncan. No members of the public were in attendance.
The meeting began with a letter read into the record by Dr. Omwake regarding the hard work and dedication of Registrar Ms. Patricia White which caused her to miss a family vacation. Copy of letter included with the minutes.
The next item of the agenda was the approval of the minutes. They were approved unanimously by the members.
Election Update. Ms. White advised the Board that, as of the date of the meeting, 350 absentee ballots had been mailed. She said there were 45 days left to vote absentee before the November 8 election.
Dr. Omwake suggested that a sign be put in each voting booth in precincts having a town election the same day as the federal election. The sign will remind voters to turn their ballots over as the town elections are on the back side. The other two members and Ms. White thought it an excellent idea.
A discussion of election official pay ensued. Dr. Omwake said he spoke to a member of the county board of supervisors who thought it too low. Board members will continue to look into this.
The Board went into executive session to discuss the appointment of election officials for the November election. The Board came out of its executive session regarding personnel.
Members were reminded that the voting machines will be programed on October 16, 2018. A member of the board must be present for the entire process. Ms. White told members she expected it to be completed in one day.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:40.
Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Drury Duncan, Secretary, Accomack County Electoral Board.
LETTER To REGISTRAR; On behalf of the entire Board of Elections, I would like to recognize and thank Mrs. Patricia White, Registrar and Director of Elections for Accomack County for her service well above the call of duty. In August of this year, the unplanned special election collided with staff vacations. To avoid losing her scheduled vacation, Patty had to choose between cancelling an employee trip or handling any election issues long distance, a method the board endorses. White found both possibilities unacceptable. She then cancelled her vacation with her own family. While staff morale was a consideration, her primary concern was that no issues would arise in the special election without her here to handle them properly. As it happened, no issues arose but Mrs. White had her office ready to respond to the high standards she has established. We also want to thank her family for the time with wife, mom and grandmother they sacrificed. Patty, thank you for your dedication and the high service level you provide.