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[[Virginia]] is one of 19 states to use an [[Open primary|open primary]] system. Voters must register to vote in the primary by '''May 21, 2012''', which is 22 days before the primary takes place.<ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html#Registration ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' "Voter Information: Registration Deadlines," Accessed April 19, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/documents/ElecCal/Website%20-%20November%20Calendar.pdf ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' "2012 November Election Calendar," Accessed April 19, 2012]</ref> ([http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html Information about registering to vote])
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[[Virginia]] is one of 19 states to use an [[Open primary|open primary]] system. Voters must register to vote in the primary by '''May 21, 2012''', which is 22 days before the primary took place .<ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html#Registration ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' "Voter Information: Registration Deadlines," Accessed April 19, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/documents/ElecCal/Website%20-%20November%20Calendar.pdf ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' "2012 November Election Calendar," Accessed April 19, 2012]</ref> ([http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html Information about registering to vote])
  
 
===General election===
 
===General election===

Revision as of 14:24, 27 October 2012

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Contents
1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Virginia is holding elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:

What's on the Virginia Ballot in 2012
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda
U.S. House (11 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd
State Senate Defeatedd
State House Defeatedd
Ballot measures (2 measures) Approveda

2012 Elections

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See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Jim Webb (D) is not running for re-election.

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2012

Currently, Republicans hold an 8-3 edge in the 11 Congressional districts.

Members of the U.S. House from Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 8 8
Total 11 11

See also: Virginia 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Eminent domain Would limit instances when private property could be taken for public use Approveda
LRCA Question 2 State legislatures Allows the legislature to delay the start of its veto session by up to one week. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote

Virginia

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Virginia is one of 19 states to use an open primary system. Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 21, 2012, which is 22 days before the primary took place .[1][2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 22 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 will be October 15.[3]

  • Voter ID required: Yes[4]
  • Residency requirements: Resident [3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election if they cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[5]

  • Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia
  • Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia
  • Business outside County/City of residence on election day
  • Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on election day
  • Working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6 AM and 7 PM on election day
  • First responder (law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, etc.)
  • Disability or illness
  • Primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home
  • Pregnancy
  • Confined, awaiting trial
  • Confined, convicted of misdemeanor
  • Electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • Religious obligation
  • Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces
  • Spouse or dependent living with Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces member
  • Temporarily residing outside U.S.
  • Temporarily residing outside of U.S. for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee
  • Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only
  • Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place

Deadlines

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.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

2013 developments

A House subcommittee rejected a bill that would allow 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."[7]

However, a different bill by Delegate Daniel W. Marshall, III which would allow voters 65 and older to cast absentee ballots without an excuse was approved.[7]

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Virginia is one of eight states that allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early (reasons are the same as those for absentee voting, detailed above). Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends on the Saturday before the election.[8][9]

See also

References