Electoral Board

Board Members

James L. Oaks, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                        Phone: 757-236-8156                                                                                                                                                                              Email: joaks@suffolkva.us

Brent Rowlands, Vice-Chairman

Isaac Baker, Secretary                                                                                                                                                                              Phone: 757-268-4764                                                                                                                                                                                Email: ibaker@suffolkva.us

How are Electoral Board Members Appointed?

Each year one member of the Electoral Board is selected for a three-year term by the Circuit Court from a list of recommendations submitted by the local political parties. Two of the members on the Electoral Board represent the political party that cast the highest number of votes at the last preceding gubernatorial election. The third member represents the party that received the next highest amount of votes (Va. Code §24.2-106).


Electoral Board Meeting Information

ELECTORAL BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The February 6, 2024 Electoral Board meeting is cancelled. The next meeting will be March 6-8, 2024 at 9 a.m. for the Presidential Primary Canvass. The meeting will be held at the Registrar's Office, 440 Market Street, First Floor in the Electoral Board Meeting Room. 


Agendas are available before the meetings. Minutes are available following approval by the board. Both can be found on the City of Suffolk Agenda Center. During the monthly Electoral Board meetings, there will be an opportunity for individuals to address the Board. The time designated will be during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

Public Comment Speakers

The Public Comment portion of the Electoral Board meeting is reserved for individuals to address the Board about any item appearing on the meeting agenda or any non-agenda topic. The Public Comment portion of the agenda is limited to 30 minutes. Each person desiring to address the Electoral Board as a Public Comment speaker shall be allotted five minutes unless there are more than six speakers, in which case the allotted time will be divided equally. A person may only speak once at a meeting under the Public Comment section of the agenda.