Virginia elections, 2012

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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 held elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (11 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State House Defeatedd N/A
State House (99 seats) Defeatedd
Ballot measures (2 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

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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 were required to 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 info
  • Residency requirements: Resident [3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

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:[4]

  • 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"

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.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

2013 developments

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."[6]

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.[6]

Voting early

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.[7][8]

See also

References