From Delegate Scott

Together, we are facing a global crisis none of us have seen in our lifetimes.  The COVID-19 virus is an ongoing situation, and we all need to pay attention and take it seriously.

I am sharing some important resources for you and your family.  We are updating this information regularly, and I encourage you to visit the links provided for the latest updates.

If you need more information on available community services, you can call 2-1-1.  The Commonwealth also has a Coronavirus hotline (1-877-275-9343).

There is a lot of misinformation and scams related to COVID-19.  Please be careful.  You can look to the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC for guidance.

Above all, please take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those you come in contact with every day.


To help contain the spread of COVID-19, remember:

Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.

Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Avoid close contact with others – stay six feet apart.

Avoid touching your face.

Cover all coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of your elbow.

STAY HOME – even if you are not considered high-risk, you can still pass the virus to others.


If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your doctor or emergency room to seek medical attention.  The CDC has prepared a fact sheet you can read HERE.

November 3, 2020 General Election

Important Dates to Remember

  • In person absentee voting & absentee voting by mail begins Friday, September 18
  • Deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 13
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Friday, October 23 (strongly encourage no later than 21 day prior to election to ensure mailing)
  • Last day to vote In-Person Absentee is Saturday, October 31

No Excuse In-Person Absentee Voting

Voting will take place at City Hall in the lobby area outside of the Registrar’s Office located at 801 Crawford Street, First Floor from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except Holiday’s. The last day to vote in-person No-Excuse Absentee Voting is Saturday, October, 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. Saturday voting hours are as follows: October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In accordance with VA Code §24.2-707, ballots may only be returned through the following means: US Postal Mail, commercial delivery service, or in-person delivery to the General Registrar by the voter. When delivering ballots in-person, the voter must show valid identification.

Offices on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot

  • U.S. President/Vice President (4-year term)
  • U.S. Senate (6-year term)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (3rd Congressional Districts) (2 year-term)
  • Mayor
  • 3 City Council Seats
  • 5 School Board Seats
  • 2 Constitutional Amendments
  • a local Referendum.

Constitutional Amendment #1

Should the Constitution of Virginia be amended to establish a redistricting commission, consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth, that is responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the Governor’s involvement and to give the responsibility of drawing districts to the Supreme Court of Virginia if the redistricting commission fails to draw districts or the General Assembly fails to enact districts by certain deadlines?



 Constitutional Amendment #2

Should an automobile or pickup truck that is owned and used primarily by or for a veteran of the United States armed forces or the Virginia National Guard who has a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be free from state and local taxation?



 Casino Gaming Referendum

Shall casino gaming be permitted at a casino gaming establishment in Portsmouth, Virginia located at 3606 Victory Boulevard and surrounding undeveloped properties called the “Entertainment District” located east of Victory Boulevard, south of Interstate 264, west of McLean Street and north of Greenwood Drive as may be approved by the Virginia Lottery Board.



Official Ballot Drop Box Information


NOTE: Virginia’s voter identification laws have changed. All voters must provide an acceptable form of identification when voting in person. Those who do not have an acceptable ID must either complete an ID Confirmation Statement or vote a provisional ballot. This requirement applies both to in person absentee voting before Election Day as well as Election Day voting. In additional to photo ID, acceptable forms of ID now include voter confirmation documents, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, pay check, or other government document with the voter’s name and address. For details on acceptable ID’s please visit


Voters who have a valid Virginia driver’s license or other DMV ID can now register to vote or update their voter registration directly online at  Paper applications are available online at, at city post offices and all Virginia Voter Registration Offices.

On Election Day, polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Forward Virginia:  Re-Opening

Beginning September 11, Virginia will re-enter Phase 3 of our re-opening plan – click HERE to read the plan.

  • Restaurants can now open their doors for indoor seating at 50% capacity. Tables should be set up in a way that allows for social distancing and sanitizing and cleaning should be done between customers. Take out, delivery, and outdoor seating measurements are still in effect as well! Live music is allowed, but must keep the six-foot distance from staff and customers.

  • Fitness centers may reopen for indoor classes and work outs at 75% capacity. Equipment should be cleaned and sanitized between uses and social distancing will still apply.

  • Social Gatherings. The limit on social gatherings has been increased to 250 people in Phase 3 versus the 50 person limit in Phase 2.

  • Pools may be open, provided occupancy is limited to no more than 75% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy and all swimmers maintain at least ten feet of physical distance from others who are not Family members.

  • Zoos, Museums & Aquariums. These types of venues are allowed to reopen as long as social distancing is followed and they create a guest flow that avoids congestion. Occupancy is not to exceed 50%.

We are still Safer At Home.   It is imperative we all continue to follow guidelines and rules to keep everyone safe.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has recently received authorization from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to administer the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program.

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program is a federal program that provides an additional $300 per week to claimants in Virginia who are eligible for at least $100 per week in unemployment insurance compensation from any of the following:

  • Unemployment compensation, including regular State Unemployment Compensation, Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)

Claimants do not need to file a separate application to receive LWA. They will need to self-certify that they are unemployed/partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by Covid-19.

***Click here for more information***

Virginia Unemployment Information can be found here.

If you have already filed a claim and still need assistance, please email for help with your claim.

Application for PUA

Complete your unemployment claim

File your weekly claims

Find available jobs

Create a resume

Most DMV offices have opened for specific services by appointment only as part of a phased reopening plan. .  You can read more at the DMV website HERE.

Credential Extensions

Two-Year Online Renewal

Starting in mid-September, DMV will offer most current eight-year credential holders who are required to renew in person the option to use online services and obtain a new two-year driver’s license or ID card. This will suspend the requirement for those customers to visit a DMV customer service center until it is time for their next renewal.

Driver’s License/ID card and Vehicle Registration

The validity of every non-commercial driver’s license*, learner’s permit, special identification card and vehicle credential, due to expire between March 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020, is extended for up to an additional 180 days not to exceed October 31, 2020.

Driver’s licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits which display an expiration date between August 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020, are extended for 60 days. Additionally, driver’s licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits which display an expiration date between November 1, 2020 and November 29, 2020, are extended to November 30, 2020. This extension does not apply to previously extended credentials with original expiration dates between March 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020 as well as commercial driver’s licenses.

*Both extensions include a driver’s education completion certificate accompanied by a valid learner’s permit.

Titling and Registration by Mail

Replacement titles and registration cards can be obtained online and original title and registration transactions can be conducted by mail. Customers who mail in their paperwork should keep photocopies and ship the package with a tracking number. A telephone number or email address should also be provided so DMV can contact them if additional information is needed.

For more about obtaining an original vehicle title or registration by mail, including expedited shipping options, see our Titling and Registration by Mail Process

Book your appointment HERE.

The federal enforcement deadline for REAL ID has been extended until October 1, 2021.  You can read more about REAL ID and what it is HERE.

The Portsmouth City School Board approved reopening schools with an all-virtual schedule for students K-12, for at least the first nine weeks. In this schedule, all students will receive instructions online through division-issued devices as well as the division’s learning management system. Students will have assigned times to log on and participate in classroom lessons, and they will be provided guided lessons and assignments to complete. At the conclusion of the first grading period, administration will review this set up and determine if any changes are necessary at that time.

For more information, please check the website HERE.

Although  we are in a virtual setting, students will still be able to pick up meals at any one of the division’s 16 elementary and high schools, which have been designated as meal pick up sites.

All sites will be serving meals from 7-9 a.m. on school days.

PPS will also continue to utilize the Magic School Bus meal delivery system for select neighborhoods.

 Please check the website HERE  for Magic School Bus pick up sites and schedules.

Visit the City of Portsmouth Public Schools Virtual Learning Information page HERE.

Visit the Virginia Department of Education website HERE for more information.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is working closely with administration, including the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the COVID-19 Taskforce, local partners, and stakeholders to activate emergency procedures.

Visit the COVID VDSS page on our state agency website for the most up-to-date information and guidance from the department.

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information continues to emerge, and updates are provided regularly by key officials. Please check here frequently for new child care information. The following are guidance links that provide the most up to date resources for Virginians regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You can get more information HERE.

 The State Corporation Commission Utility Service Cut-off Moratorium will end on October 5, 2020.

 If your Dominion Energy services were previously shut off, please contact Dominion HERE.

If your Virginia Natural Gas services were previously shut off, you can contact Virginia Natural Gas HERE.

Under the constitutional , statutory, and inherent authority of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court EXTENDS the Declaration of Judicial Emergency through October 11,2020.  You can read the declaration HERE.

The Internal Revenue Service will start mailing letters to roughly nine million Americans who typically don’t file federal income tax returns who may be eligible for, but have not registered to claim, an Economic Impact Payment. For more information on Economic Impact Payments and to see if you should apply, please click HERE.

For state taxes, if you were not able to file by the original May 1 deadline, don’t worry everyone has an automatic 6-month filing extension in Virginia, which moves the filing deadline from May 1 to November 1 for most taxpayers (and since Nov. 1, 2020 is a Sunday, you actually have until Monday, Nov. 2 to file this year)..  For more information, click HERE to see a fact sheet.  If you think you owe taxes, click HERE to estimate what you could owe.

All in-person visits to all correctional facilities are cancelled until further notice. Off-site video visitation is available. You can find more information HERE.

Governor Northam and Legislators passed The Inmate Early Release Plan in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can find more information HERE.