Hanover County Democratic Committee

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This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Action 3:

Allow yourself to grieve:

We all have suffered losses from the changes to our social order in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. We have missed meetings, family gatherings, parties and our students are contemplating moving on without graduation ceremonies and the chance to say goodbye to classmates. Others have lost jobs, even loved ones. Some of what we are feeling is anxiety about what is next, but some is grief over the losses. No matter how large or small, it is important to acknowledge and grieve the losses so we are able to move on.

The first two links are specific to the losses due to the pandemic and the response to it. The third article is more general, but has good guidelines on when to seek help.

HBR: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is GriefThat Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

NYT: Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus

WebMD: What Is Normal Grieving, and What Are the Stages of Grief?

Action 2:

Get ready to vote:

In order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID 19 ANY voter may vote by absentee ballot in the Town of Ashland election for town council members on May 5. Hanover Registrar Teri Smithson encourages citizens to request a ballot by mail.

Use this link to register or update voter registration before April 14.

Use this link to request an absentee ballot be sent to you by mail. To complete the request online you will need your driver’s license or DMV ID and your social security number. When the form asks a reason for absentee balloting use the option, “My disability or illness."

You may also call or email the registrar’s office (804-365-6080 or hanovercountyvoting@hanovercounty.gov) to request an absentee ballot. April 28 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

D. A. Wooten, Stephanie Renee Hare, David G. Goldstein, Steven Trivett, Kathy Abbott, and Anita Barnhart are running for the three open seats on the town council.

Action 1:

Make your voice heard:

Citizen Comment on FY21 Proposed Budget Public Hearings for April 1, 2020
April 1 is the date for the Hanover County Board of Supervisors to hold public hearings on the following five topics:

  • Fiscal Year 21 Proposed Budget
  • FY21 Proposed Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan
  • FY21 Proposed Five-Year General Fund Plan
  • FY21 Fees and Related Ordinance Changes
  • 2020 Real Property Tax Rate


Given the current restrictions on public gatherings and need for social distancing, Hanover County is asking that all who wish to speak on these matters provide their comments online or on the phone. Comments will be collected in the following manner:

  • By phone, you can leave your comment on the budget by calling 365-3333. A limit of three minutes per comment will be observed.
  • You also can email your comments to this address: BudgetPublicHearing@hanovercounty.gov.


Comments will be collected from March 26 through 5:00 pm on March 31.

If necessary, you may attend the public hearing in person, but social distancing and limitations on the number of people in the Board Room at any one time will be observed.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time pending recommendations from health officials.

If folks want to comment on the budget they are instructed to call and leave a voicemail or email the address shown. In the current state of the economy, it would be great to know what Hanover's plan is for recovery and how the budget will be impacted.