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Votes

Absentee Voting Starts Now for Democratic Primaries

Primaries held for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The State Board of Elections reported Monday, May 6, that absentee voting began for the June 11, 2013 primary and all localities met the required 45-day deadline for mailing absentee ballots to voters.

The primary on June 11, 2013 will be a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The Republican Party will be nominating its candidates for statewide office in a convention to be held on May 17-18, 2013.

There are also numerous primary elections for the House of Delegates and local offices. In some parts of the state, voters will have to choose whether to participate in the primary for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Voters in Virginia are free to choose which primary to participate in, but they cannot participate in both.

For more information on candidates, visit the SBE website at www.sbe.virginia.gov. Click on “What’s on my ballot” on the home page.

Current Election Information

Poll hours: The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 11, 2013. If a voter is in line by 7 p.m. he or she will be able to vote.

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor:

  • Ralph S. Northam

  • Aneesh Chopra

Democratic candidates for attorney general:

  • Mark R. Herring

  • Justin E. Fairfax

Absentee Voting Overview

Absentee voting allows qualified voters to participate in upcoming elections even though they may not be able to go to the polls on Election Day.

There are two ways to vote absentee, either by mail or in person.

The deadline to submit an application to vote by absentee is Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by 5 p.m. Applications may be received by mail, fax or as a scanned email attachment. The voter’s local registrar must receive the application by the deadline.

The deadline for applying and casting an absentee ballot in-person at the local registrar’s office is Saturday, June 8, 2013 by close of business.