Voting News

 Venskoske Replacing Miller as Frederick County
 Director of Elections/General Registrar

After 14 years as Frederick County’s Director of Elections/General Registrar, Rick Miller is retiring.

Friday, June 28, 2019 marks the 69-year-old’s last day on the job. He is being succeeded by 57-year-old Rich Venskoske, who starts Monday, July 1, 2019. Venskoske is former Chairman of the Frederick County Electoral Board.

Miller, who became the county’s Director of Elections/General Registrar in February of 2005, said it simply felt like it was time to retire. Prior to becoming Registrar, he served two years on the county’s Electoral Board and was the PGA Golf Professional at Carper’s Valley Golf Club for twenty years.

Miller said he will miss the people with whom he has worked – registration staff, electoral board members, county administration, county officials and especially the volunteer officers of election who are the county’s “heroes and heroines.”

The county Director of Elections/General Registrar serves a four-year term and is selected by the county’s Electoral Board.

Marie Straub, Vice Chairwoman of the Electoral Board and Tom Reed, Secretary of the Electoral Board, voted at the board’s June meeting to hire Venskoske. His term will run from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2023.

Venskoske served on the Electoral Board for 14 years and had been Chairman since 2015. Prior to that, he was an officer of election. His replacement on the Electoral Board will be made in July. The political party of the governor of Virginia — current Gov. Ralph Northam is a Democrat — gets to submit three county nominees to the Frederick County Circuit Court for consideration when there’s a vacancy on the county’s Electoral Board. A judge then chooses from among the nominees.

Venskoske was employed from 2011 until June as an information technology administrator for Quad/Graphics in Martinsburg, W.Va.  In 2000, he retired after 20 years in the Navy as a Cryptologist First Class. 

Janney, Josh. "Miller retiring, Venskoske replacing him as Frederick Registrar." The Winchester Star, 28 Jun. 2019: Web.

Special Election Called for Town of Stephens City

Due to a Writ of Election filed in the Circuit Court of Frederick County on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, a Special Election will be held for one Town Council seat in the Town of Stephens City, VA on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
A current Town Council member resigned.  This Special Election will be for the unexpired term which expires on December 31, 2020.  Candidates must be a resident of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election, must be a resident of the Town of Stephens City and a registered voter in the Town of Stephens City.  Candidates must file their Candidate Qualification documents with the Director of Elections/General Registrar Rich Venskoske by the deadline of Friday, August 16, 2019 by 5:00 pm in the Voter Registration Office at 107 N. Kent Street, Suite 102, Winchester, VA 22601 in order to be on the ballot.  Please call 540-665-5660 for more information.  

Officers of Election Needed

The Frederick County Voter Registration Department is looking for qualified people to serve as Officers of Election, a paid position, for the 2019 November General Election.  If you are a Registered Voter in Virginia, can work all day on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, can attend mandatory training, can work well with the public and fellow officers of election and setup and operate a computer, you have met all of the requirements to serve the citizens of Frederick County.  Please call the Frederick County Voter Registration Office at 540-665-5660 or email rich.venskoske@fcva.us.

Photo ID Required for Voting - effective July 1, 2014

Voters must present one of the following acceptable forms of identification when voting, effective January 1, 2016.
  • Valid Virginia Driver's License
  • DMV-issued photo identification card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Valid Employee photo identification card
  • Other government-issued photo identification card
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student photo identification card from a public or private school (issuer must be an institution located in Virginia)

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification, please contact your local voter registration office for a free ID.

Frederick County Voter Registration Office
107 N. Kent Street, Suite 102
Winchester, VA 22601
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone 540-665-5660
Email fcvotes@co.frederick.va.us.

For more information go to elections.virginia.gov or call 1-800-552-9745.

Electoral Board

The Electoral Board is composed of three appointed members who are responsible for conducting elections in the County, including appointing and training poll workers, choosing polling places, printing ballots, administration of absentee ballots, maintaining financial reports of candidates, ascertaining the results of elections, and organizing election procedures.

TBD                          , Chairman
Marie F. Straub, Vice-Chairman
Thomas P. Reed, Secretary

Our Pledge to the Citizens of Frederick County

The Frederick County Voter Registrar and Assistant Registrars are entrusted to providing qualified citizens living in Frederick County the opportunity to register to vote in a courteous, professional, and non-partisan manner. We are dedicated to helping each citizen exercise his or her right to vote in an efficient and equitable fashion in accordance with election laws and the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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