Virginia elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of Virginia held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: March 29, 2012
- Primary date: June 12, 2012
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|On the 2012 ballot|| Click here for all |
November 6, 2012
|U.S. Senate (1 seat)||Preview Article|
|U.S. House (11 seats)|
|Ballot measures (2 measures)||Preview Article|
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page
Elections by type
|U.S. Senate, Virginia General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Timothy M. Kaine||52.9%||2,010,067|
|Republican||George F. Allen||47%||1,785,542|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Members of the U.S. House from Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
Eligibility to Vote
- See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections
Virginia was one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by May 21, 2012, which was 22 days before the primary took place. (Information about registering to vote)
- See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections
The deadline to register to vote was 22 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 15.
- See also: Absentee Voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
- You are a "student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia"
- You are a "spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia"
- You have "business outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You have "personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on election day"
- You are "working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on election day"
- You are a "first responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, etc.)"
- You have a "disability or illness"
- You are "primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home"
- You are pregnant
- You are "confined, awaiting trial"
- You are "confined, convicted of misdemeanor"
- You are an "electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment"
- You "have a religious obligation"
- You are an "Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces"
- You are a "spouse or dependent living with" an Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces member
- You are "temporarily residing outside U.S."
- You are "temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee"
- You are "requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only"
- You are an "authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place"
To vote absentee by mail, the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. (EST) on the Tuesday prior to the election. To vote absentee in person, the deadline to apply is the Saturday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
A House subcommittee rejected a bill that would have allowed citizens to vote absentee without requiring a reason for doing so. The reason stated for rejecting the bill was a lack of resources. Win Sowder of the Williamsburg registrar's office said, "This would be a real burden on our office. Our office is really small and early absentee voting would set us up for failure."
- See also: Early voting
Virginia is one of fourteen states that do not allow early voting. Although it is not technically considered early voting, Virginians may submit an absentee ballot in-person, serving the same purpose as early voting.
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Voter Information: Registration Deadlines," accessed April 19, 2012
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "2012 November Election Calendar," accessed April 19, 2012
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Registering to Vote" accessed May 11, 2012
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form," accessed December 16, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed January 21, 2015
- TimesDispatch.com, "Va. House subcommittee rejects 1 absentee voting bill, backs another," January 15, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules," accessed December 16, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013