Below you will find key dates, times, & locations, plus individual candidate information that will help you make an informed decision while preparing to cast your votes.
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When, Where, & How To Vote
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Early Voting Dates
Did you know you can vote before election day in-person or by mail? Take advantage of early voting, but hurry because it's only available during the following dates:
SEPT. 17th - OCT. 30th
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How do you plan to vote?
As a resident of Virginia, you have a couple different methods of how you can cast your vote; In-person, or by mail.
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Voting by Mail?
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MEET THE CANDIDATES
As Virginia's next Governor, Terry will continue the fight for civil rights and voting rights, attract businesses to create the best jobs and raise wages, ensure all Virginians have access to quality affordable healthcare, build a clean energy economy to address climate change, and address the affordable housing crisis our communities are facing. Most importantly, Terry will make an unprecendented investment in education. The time is now to ensure a world-class education for every Virginia child. Our future and our children cannot wait.
for Lt. Governor
As chief deputy whip in the House of Delegates, Hala played a key role in raising Virginia’s minimum wage and ensuring that Virginia continues to be the leading state in the country to do business. In the House of Delegates, Hala received the praise of small business owners when she patroned paid family and medical legislation that would provide every Virginian worker with 12 weeks of paid leave for major events including adoption or childbirth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hala put Virginia workers first when she introduced a bill mandating hazard pay for essential workers. As Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, Hala will lead Virginia’s pandemic recovery and ensure that every Virginian comes back stronger than before.
for Attorney General
As attorney general, Mark is a leading voice for criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth. He led on decriminalization of cannabis, and is continuing to push for legal, regulated adult use and to resolve past convictions, He is also championing progressive reform measures like cash bail reform, expanding record expungement and reentry programs, diversifying the judiciary, and increasing safety, transparency, and accountability in policing, use of force, and deaths in custody.
for House of Delegates
With over a decade of experience in government and community relations, including experience securing millions of dollars in funding for underserved educational programs, Candi King knows how to get things done. In her first legislative session, Candi was able to:
Expand COVID-19 vaccination capacity; Secure pay raises for teachers, state and local employees; Standardize special education eligibility criteria to provide equity for students; Pass legislation to begin the process of modernizing our transportation system; and Pass paid sick leave for home health care workers.
In the community, Candi helps families with special needs children navigate the education system and mentors high school students with the college admission process. She has also served as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader and Vice-Chair of the Woodbridge Democratic Committee. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Virginia Commission on Unemployment Compensation. Candi was born and raised in the Commonwealth and earned a degree in political science from Norfolk State University.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you ever think that just one vote in a sea of millions cannot make much of a difference, consider some of the closest elections in U.S. history.
In 2000, Al Gore narrowly lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. The election came down to a recount in Florida, where Bush had won the popular vote by such a small margin that it triggered an automatic recount and a Supreme Court case (Bush v. Gore). In the end, Bush won Florida by 0.009 percent of the votes cast in the state, or 537 votes. Had 600 more pro-Gore voters gone to the polls in Florida that November, there may have been an entirely different president from 2000–2008.
More recently, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by securing a close Electoral College win. Although the election did not come down to a handful of votes in one state, Trump’s votes in the Electoral College decided a tight race. Clinton had won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes, but the concentration of Trump voters in key districts in “swing” states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan helped seal enough electoral votes to win the presidency.
Your vote may not directly elect the president, but if your vote joins enough others in your voting district or county, your vote undoubtedly matters when it comes to electoral results. Most states have a “winner take all” system where the popular vote winner gets the state’s electoral votes. There are also local and state elections to consider. While presidential or other national elections usually get a significant voter turnout, local elections are typically decided by a much smaller group of voters.
A Portland State University study found that fewer than 15 percent of eligible voters were turning out to vote for mayors, council members, and other local offices. Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.
A governor is the state’s highest-ranking elected official, but his or her actual duties are more varied than, say, an elected member of the state legislature, whose main role is to propose and vote on new legislation. A governor’s responsibilities vary from state to state depending on the constitution within that state.
A governor’s official duties can include signing bills into law, serving as commander-in-chief of the state’s National Guard and militia forces, convening special sessions of the state legislature, delivering a “state of the state” address to citizens, granting commutations and pardons to prisoners and appointing people to various judicial and state offices.
The governor is also a high-profile member of his or her political party and has much sway over its policies. In effect, the governor of each state is similar to the U.S. president, but on a smaller scale. The governor leads the executive branch of each state, whose job it is to carry out the governor’s policies. They even live in an official residence administered by the state, known as a governor’s mansion.
The governor also influences decisions made by the state’s legislative bodies. He or she can push for various bills and policy initiatives to pass. A governor can use his or her standing to commend or criticize a bill in the legislature. In some states, the governor can also veto a bill once it has passed, although this is rare — in California, only about 7 percent of bills get vetoed [source: California State Government Guide]. In some states, a governor has the power of line-item vetoes, which is the ability to eliminate certain specific items from the proposed state budget.
A governor is also the ceremonial head of state and often hosts dignitaries from other states or countries. He or she uses their position to bolster the state’s standing in the world, to attract new businesses and industries and to form partnerships with other governments. A governor also attends public events and ceremonies and visits with constituents across the state.
Generally, the lieutenant governor is the state’s highest officer following the governor and assumes the role when the governor is out of state or incapacitated. The lieutenant governor also becomes the governor should the governor die, resign or be removed from office.
The lieutenant governor is also frequently the presiding officer of the upper house of the state legislature, similar to the Vice President of the United States. Lieutenant governors are the only officials with specific duties and powers in two branches of state government: the executive and legislative branches. More than half of the NLGA members preside over their state senate. Most pursue legislative initiatives; many testify locally and in Washington D.C. in various capacities; some serve on the governors’ cabinets, while others maintain varied portfolios of duties. In many states, the duties of lieutenant governor are increased by legislation to include the lieutenant governor on state boards, commissions and task forces.
The attorney general is an executive office in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., that serves as the chief legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for the state government and is empowered to prosecute violations of state law, represent the state in legal disputes and issue legal advice to state agencies and the legislature. In most states, the attorney general has a substantial influence on a state’s approach to law enforcement. Attorneys general often set particular law enforcement priorities (e.g. drug law, civil rights violations or sexual crime) and focus extra resources on these issues. This puts them, in the words of the National Association of Attorneys General, at the “intersection of law and public policy.”
Delegates are able to perform many of the functions of a full representative, such as serve on committees, speak on the U.S. House floor, introduce bills, and offer amendments. However, they are not able to vote while conducting business as the Committee as the Whole or on final passage of legislation. Delegates to the U.S. House serve two-year terms.