Virginia elections, 2013

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1 2013 Elections
1.1 Elections by type
2 Voting in Virginia
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References


The state of Virginia will hold elections in 2013. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2013 ballot
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2013 elections

There are both regular and special elections scheduled for the state of Virginia in 2013.

Elections by type

See also: Virginia state executive official elections, 2013

Three state executive seats are up for election in Virginia in 2013:

The Republican primary convention took place on May 17-18, 2013.[5]. The Democratic primary election took place on June 11, 2013. Click here to to see the results of these primary elections.

The general election will be held November 5, 2013.[6]

Related: State executive official elections, 2013
See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2013

State Senate District 14
In early April 2013, Sen. Harry Blevins (R) announced his retirement effective August 5. A special election was called for August 6. John Cosgrove (R) ran unopposed after his opponent, Kerry B. Holmes (D), withdrew from the race.[7][8][9]

Related: See election results here.
See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Elections for the office of Virginia's House of Delegates will consist of a primary election on June 11, 2013 and a general election on November 5, 2013.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 28, 2013. Independent candidates wishing to run in the general election were required to submit their nomination petitions by June 11, 2013.[10]

Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 125 qualified voters in the legislative district. Major party candidates are required to submit a primary filing fee equal to 2% of the annual salary for the office sought in effect in the year in which the candidate files. In 2013, the primary filing fee is $352.80.[10]

For more information about the Virginia House of Delegates elections in 2013, click here.

Voting in Virginia

See also: Voting in Virginia
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Important voting information

  • Virginia uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • The deadline for registering is 22 days before any primary or general election or 13 days before any special election.[11]
  • Virginia passed legislation in 2013 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Virginia, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Virginia is one of 8 states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends on the Saturday before the election.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Virginia ranked 25th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Virginia received an overall score of 65 percent.[12]

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