Election 101

If voters are to cast informed decisions on Election-Day then we have to know the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of this yearís election cycle. Below are the core details voters need to know to participate in the 2013 Virginia elections.

The general election in Virginia will be held on November 5, 2013.† The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General will headline the ballot this year, but the House of Delegates will also be up for election.† Each party selects their nominees by either a convention, as the Republicans used for their statewide offices, or a primary, as was used by the Democrats and for the House of Delegates.

Before you can cast your ballot, you must register to vote.† You can register to vote right from the Virginia P2 site.† To be able to vote in the general election, you must register to vote by October 15, 2013.† You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to vote in Virginia:
  • Be a resident of Virginia
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years old by the date of the general election (Any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

In Virginia, residents do not declare a political party affiliation when they register to vote.† Once you have completed and submitted your registration, you will receive a voter registration card in the mail.† This card confirms that your registration was successfully completed.

Once you have registered and as Election Day approaches, you have two options to cast your vote, either at the polls on November 5 or by absentee ballot before the polls open.† Virginia does not have no-excuse early voting.† Absentee voting can be completed by mail or in person, commonly referred to as early voting.† The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot by mail is October 29, 2013, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person is November 2, 2013.† When casting your vote in person, either on Election Day or by early vote, voters must produce an acceptable form of identification.† Acceptable forms of ID include:
  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Valid Virginia driverís license
  • Military ID
  • Any Federal, Virginia state, or local government-issued ID
  • Employer issued photo ID card
  • Concealed handgun permit
  • Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter

The race for the governorship could be a very close one.† If employees and employers want to have a say in tax rates, transportation bills, and other legislation and initiatives that impact your living, you have to be engaged and vote.† You can use the Virginia Prosperity Project website to see where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you and your familyís future.† Making jobs and business an issue in the candidateís conversation ensures that Virginians will be able to make the most informed choice possible on November 5, 2013.† Itís your voice, make it count.† The legislation the Commonwealth passes can determine whether businesses invest and create jobs in Virginia.



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