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2023 POWHATAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE OFFICIAL CALL Firehouse Primary (Party Canvass) of Powhatan County Republican Committee Of the Republican Party of Virginia
As Chairman of the Powhatan County Republican Committee (PCRC) and pursuant to the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia and as approved by the PCRC, I, Steve Jenkins, do hereby issue this Call for a Firehouse Primary (Party Canvass) to begin at 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023, at Company #2 Firehouse, 1959 Urbine road, Powhatan, VA 23139, or at an alternate location, if necessary, for the following purposes:
Nominating a Republican candidate for the office of Board of Supervisor, District #1, District #2, District #3, District #4 and District #5, Constitutional Officers including Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, Commonwealth Attorney, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Treasurer representing Powhatan County in the General election on November 7, 2023.
Qualifications for Participation: All legal and qualified voters of Powhatan County under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in the Firehouse Canvass (Party Canvass) encompassing their respective election districts.
A voter who, subsequent to making a statement of intent, publicly supports a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee, shall not be qualified for participation in party actions as defined in Article I of the State Party Plan for a period of four (4) years.
In addition to the foregoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, a voter shall not have participated in the nominating process of a party other than the Republican Party within the last five (5) years. A single exception to this requirement shall be approved for a voter who renounces affiliation with any other party in writing and who expresses in writing that he or she is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intends at the time of the writing to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Any voter that utilizes the foregoing exception and thereafter participates in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party, shall not have the benefit of the exception identified in this paragraph thereafter.
The Declaration of Candidacy for Delegate to any Republican Convention listed above must be made on a form prescribed by the Powhatan County Republican Committee and available from Chairman, Steve Jenkins, and other members of the Powhatan County Republican Committee. The form can also be downloaded from www.rpv.org. Any candidate filing for Board of Supervisors or Constitutional officer and running in the Firehouse Primary (Canvass) must declare their candidacy no later than 12pm on May 19th, 2023. There will be no fee assessed for participation in the Firehouse Primary. There will be a $250 fee for any candidate filing for Board of Supervisors or Constitutional officer.
Any Military Member who is otherwise qualified to participate in the Republican Party actions and who has filed the required form and produced at the time of filing valid military identification or other proof active-duty status, shall be certified as a delegate to the convention(s) filed for an shall not be required to be elected as a delegate.
Conduct of the Firehouse Primary (Party Canvass): The Canvass will be conducted on June 6th, 2023 to begin at 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Company #2 Firehouse, 1959 Urbine road, Powhatan, VA 23139, or at an alternate location, if necessary. Rules for the conduct will be promulgated by the Powhatan County Republican Committee and will be available on the RPV and the PCRC website . Voters offering to vote must be properly registered in Powhatan County, must present a government issued photographic identification document. They must also sign a statement of intent to support the Republican Party’s candidates in the general election on November 7, 2023. Persons who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to participate.
Provisions for the filing of fewer candidates than there are positions:If the number of candidates, qualified under Article I of the State Party Plan, who properly file for any of the offices to be elected by this canvass does not exceed the maximum number who can be elected, than that portion of the canvass will not be held and those candidates who have been certified by the Credentials Committee shall be declared elected to the positions for which they have filed. If this applies to all offices to be elected by this canvass, the canvass shall be cancelled.
PUBLICATION: This Call shall be posted on the website of the Republican Party of Virginia (https://virginia.gop/events/category/official-call/) and may be published on the Powhatan County Republican Committee website (http://www.powhatangop.org/)
All required fees MUST be paid at the time of pre-filing. Checks should be made out to the Powhatan County Republican Committee or PCRC.
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Proposed Rules for 2023 Powhatan County Firehouse Primary (Party Canvass)
The Powhatan County Republican Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia, pursuant to the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, hereby adopts these Rules for the conduct of this Firehouse Primary (Party Canvass).
The Powhatan County Republican Canvass shall be held at Company #1 Firehouse, 3971 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139, on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The purpose of the Canvass shall be to elect members of the PCRC, and Delegates to the 10th Senate Legislative District Republican convention as outlined in the Call for the Canvass.
This party canvass shall, to the extent applicable, be governed by and conducted in accordance with the following (giving precedence as listed): the State Party Plan, District or Unit Plan or By-Laws, these rules, and otherwise in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (11th Edition).
All voters shall meet the requirement as specified in the Call of the Party Canvass. Each person offering to vote shall present a government issued photographic identification and must sign a statement of intent to support all Republican nominees in the 2023 general election as specified in the Republican Party of Virginias Plan of Organization (“State Party Plan”). No voter refusing to sign the statement of intent shall be allowed to vote in this canvass.
Any voter who has registered or changed registration on or after February 1, 2023 must bring the most current copy of his or her voter registration card to assist in verification.
The Chairman of the PCRC shall appoint a Credentials Committee of not more than 25 persons with at least two from each magisterial district, to register those who offer to vote. Members of the Credentials Committee shall remain inside the room in which voting is conducted during the period in which voting takes place.
The Chairman of the PCRC shall appoint a Chief Teller who shall appoint a Tellers Committee consisting of equal numbers of persons representing each candidate in any contested race. The Chief Teller shall ensure that the ballots and ballot boxes are secure and supervised throughout the voting process.
The Credentials Committee shall decide any question that may arise concerning the qualifications of a candidate for Delegate or Alternate Delegate or eligibility to vote.
No one will be allowed in the Party Canvass voting area without property authorization. Candidates shall not loiter or campaign in the room in which voting will take place.
No resolutions may be introduced.
The Chief Teller shall prepare ballots listing the names of all qualified candidates for contested elections, who have properly filed as required in the Call of the Party Canvass. Ballot position shall be determined by lot under the supervision of the Chief Teller.
As soon as the polls are closed, the Credentials Committee shall immediately proceed to determine and certify the number of voters who have properly voted in the canvass.
At the end of voting, the Tellers Committee shall take the ballot boxes to a secure area and shall count the ballots, continuing without adjournment until they declare the results of the canvass. Only the members of the Tellers Committee shall be permitted to be in the room where the ballots are being counted until the ballots are counted. Ballots shall then be placed in a sealed envelope and preserved and secured by the Tellers Committee for at least thirty (30) days in the event of any challenge to the results.
Candidates shall be elected on the basis of plurality of votes received. If two or more persons have an equal number of votes and a higher number than any other person, the Credentials Committee shall proceed publicly to determine by lot which of the person shall be declared elected. After those persons have been notified and are allowed to a reasonable opportunity to be present.
The Chairman of the PCRC shall appoint a Sergeant-at-Arms and an appropriate number of Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms who shall preserve order inside and outside the polling place(s). No person shall hinder, intimidate, or interfere with any qualified voter so as to prevent the voter from casting a secret ballot. The Sergeants-at-Arms may order a person violating this Rule to cease such action and, if such action continues, may remove such person from the polling place.
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2023 Powhatan County Republican Committee Declaration of Candidacy Form I, the undersigned, hereby declare that I am a candidate for the following: (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY) Fees Paid _____ Board of Supervisors – District 1 $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Board of Supervisors – District 2 $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Board of Supervisors – District 3 $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Board of Supervisors – District 4 $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Board of Supervisors – District 5 $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Office of Sheriff, Powhatan $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Office of Treasurer, Powhatan $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Office of Commissioner of Revenue, Powhatan $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) _____ Office of Commonwealth Attorney, Powhatan $________ (Filing fee of $250 to help defray costs) TOTAL FEES PAID (make one check payable to PCRC $ ====== I hereby certify that as of the date below I am a legal resident and a duly registered voter of Powhatan County, Virginia, and that I am in accordance with the principles of the Republican Party, and that I intend to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the 2023 General Election. (PLEASE PRINT) Name: _______________________________________________________ Street Address: ________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ___________________________ Precinct ____________________ Email: __________________________________ Home Phone: _________________ Occupation: ___________________________ Employer______________________ SIGNATURE:____________________________________DATE:________________ Please return this form and all fees due to the PCRC, C/O DIANE FOSTER, Secretary, PCRC, 3345 Pineacre Dr, Powhatan, VA 23139, by no later than May 19, 2023, 12:00 pm. Powhatan County Republican Committee ♦ Steve Jenkins, Chairman
On May 6th, 2023 at the 10th Senate District Convention in Buckingham, VA, Delegate John McGuire was elected on the first round of voting with a vote of 63% as our Republican Representative.
It is my GREAT pleasure to introduce our Governor, Glenn Youngkin, our new LT Governor, Winsome Sears, our Attorney General, Jason MiYares, our re-elected House of Delegate Representative Lee Ware, and our District 2 Supervisor, Steve McClung!!!!
In 2021 Powhatan set a record for turning out voters here in Powhatan. We were successful in re-electing our House of Delegates representative Lee Ware. We also elected Steve McClung as our new District 2 Supervisor with a record number of votes. And it is my Great Honor to introduce the strongest, and most diverse ticket chosen by Virginian's in a great many years. These three amazing individuals come together as a team and brought Virginian's together to re-shape Virginia and get us back on a better pathway moving forward. Thank you to everyone who worked toward helping Virginia take back our state. The calls, the doors knocking, the rallies, talking to friends and family, helping at events and working when you didn't feel like working. YOU DID IT!!!! New data from Virginia governor’s race signal big trouble for Democrats in 2022 By Becket Adams - The Washington Examiner 16 November 2021 Virginia Democrats suffered a bloodbath on Nov. 2. Republicans captured not only the governor’s mansion but the House of Delegates, as well as the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general. On Tuesday, with the release of the certified results of the Virginia governor’s race, more bad news emerged for Democrats in the Old Dominion. Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s vote total was 85% of former President Donald Trump's vote total in Virginia in the 2020 presidential election. Meanwhile, failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's vote total was only 66% of what President Joe Biden won in the state in the same election last year. In total, 3,289,430 Virginians voted in the 2021 Virginia governor's race — up an impressive 25% from the 2017 gubernatorial race. And Republicans increased their vote margin this year in all of Virginia's 11 congressional districts, upping their numbers significantly from the previous election cycle, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. In Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, the GOP improved its margin by 8.5 points, in the second by 12.5 points, in the third by 12.4 points, and so on. Democrats currently represent seven of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. On Nov. 2, Youngkin carried six, two of which are represented currently by Democratic lawmakers. And the Republican candidate didn’t just win these — he won them big. The Virginia Beach-area 2nd District, which at R+1 is a toss-up district and is represented by Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, went for Youngkin by 8 points. Virginia’s 7th, an R+3 congressional district, is represented by Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger. Youngkin won it by 11 points. In Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, which is represented by Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Youngkin lost. However, his 5-point margin of defeat is not what Virginia Democrats want to see in the 2022 midterm elections. Of course, these data points alone aren’t enough to draw conclusions about Democrats' chances next year. However, when we compare how Youngkin performed this year to how Republicans performed in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial race, a clearer picture emerges of what Democrats have to fear in next year’s midterm elections. Data compiled this year by the New York Times also show a statewide shift in the GOP's favor, across every country and district, in comparison to how Virginians voted in the 2020 presidential election. Put more simply, every single county shifted to the right in the 2021 governor’s race, in the direction of the Republican Party, just months after Biden won the commonwealth with 54%. Youngkin’s success in winning two districts represented by Democrats, the statewide shift since the 2020 election toward Republicans, and the Virginia Republican Party's increase in its vote margin in all 11 congressional districts all point to a tough year for Democrats ahead.
Voting Irregularity: We received a number of phone calls and emails regarding paper ballots not being scanned into the voting machines on election night. There was an error by the ballot printer that caused several of our polling locations to run short on ballots on Tuesday. The Registrar and local elector contacted both parties and made them aware of the situation as well as the solution. The solution was to distribute additional ballots to all polling locations. This was done in a timely and efficient manner. The difference experienced by voters was instead of putting their ballot into the scanner, ballots were placed in the emergency bin on the back of the scanning machine. Those ballots were hand counted after the polls closed. This process slowed Powhatan reporting the final results but every vote was counted on Tuesday evening. All polling stations in the State of Virginia have a back-up plan in the event of a power outage or a scanner going down or if ballots run low. When this happens, the emergency procedures are enacted in a timely manner. That is exactly what occurred on Tuesday. We are lucky to have such a strong and experienced team of folks running our polling stations. They simply pivoted over to the emergency procedure and kept right on going.
Steve W Jenkins Powhatan County Republican Committee Chairman
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In Virginia, stealing a political sign can be charged as petit larceny, a Class I misdemeanor. This could result in a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail.
Steve W Jenkins Chairman Powhatan Republican Committee
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Fellow Republicans, it is up to us to conduct ourselves in a respectful manner. We must remain above board at all times. We should respect those around us and respect their opinions whether we agree with them or not. Yelling and Screaming and destruction of property does not solve anything. At the same time we must be diligent to protect liberty, to stand up fervently for the Second Amendment, to manage our borders and to keep FREEDOM as what drives this Great Country. I realize this is becoming more challenging each and every day. We must continue to hold tightly to our God Given Rights and continue to Pursue Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness with all of our might! We are what is standing in the way of Tyranny. If it comes to a time where we need to fight off Tyranny, we will do so with all our might and resources. The Founding Fathers did this to create our Great Country. If we want our Freedoms to continue we need to be prepared to fight for Freedom itself.
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