What’s a Primary?
A primary election is when a party allows voters to decide who will be their nominee in the general election. It’s like the semi-finals in a tournament, it decides who goes to the finals. The Republican Party of Virginia is hosting a closed convention for their selection process and this information is not applicable.
When do I vote?
The Virginia Democratic Primary is being held now through June 8, 2021. It’s important that you register to vote by May 17th in order to participate. You can register to vote or update your voter information at http://tinyurl.com/VABVoterReg
Can I Vote Early?
Early voting has begun! If you are participating in the Democratic Primary, you can request your ballot be sent to you by mail or you can go in-person to vote early. Important deadlines include May 28th the last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you and June 5th the last day to vote early in-person. To vote early, you can go to your local Voter Registrar’s office or any established satellite offices. Drop boxes are available at those sites!
For Newport News, you can vote early at the Voter Registrar’s Office at City Hall, on the 6th Floor at 2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 and open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. The satellite office is at 700 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 in the 1st floor Conference Room and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM – 5 PM. Both locations will be open for Early Voting on Saturday, May 29th and Saturday June 5th from 9 AM – 5 PM. Saturday, June 5th is the deadline to vote early.
For Hampton, you can vote early Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5pm at 1919 Commerce Drive, Hampton, VA 23666 in Suite 280 on the second floor. They will be open on May 29th and June 5th (Saturdays) from 9am-5pm.
What Should I Bring to Vote In-Person?
If you choose to vote in-person (early or on Election Day), you will need to bring your mask and your voter ID. For more information on what IDs can be used to vote, please visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/in-person-voting/
What’s on My Ballot?
It’s so important to know what’s on your ballot before heading to vote! Below are the candidates that will be on the Hampton and Newport News ballots.
Need Your Rights Restored?
If you have lost your voting rights due to being incarcerated for a felony, here is some important information! Under the Governor’s Executive Order, once someone is released from incarceration, they can apply to have their rights restored. And then after their rights are restored, they can register to vote. At the time the Executive Order went into place, the Governor restored the rights of 69,000 Virginians. Previously, someone had to be off of probation and/or parole being being able to apply. To apply to have your rights restored or to check your application status, go to restore.virginia.gov
Have Any Questions?
You can reach out to Q Cogdell with your questions and we’ll get you answers!