Prepared for Primary Questions

In an effort to respond quickly to the numerous questions from the public about the upcoming presidential primaries, the Virginia State Board of Elections in consultation with the Virginia Electoral Board Association and the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia have provided answers to the frequently asked questions and posted them on the State Board of Elections online, see link below.

Since Tuesday, the SBE has fielded more than 6,600 phone calls from voters regarding the presidential primaries to be held on February 12. SBE has opened its call center in order to respond quickly and efficiently, but due to the large volume of calls there may be a wait. However, answers to the most frequently asked questions are now posted on the board's web site, which the public is encouraged to visit.

Voters are calling with a variety of questions. All voters need to be aware that if they are a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, they may vote in the presidential primaries. A voter does not have to re-register in order to vote Tuesday. In Virginia, a voter does not need to register as a Democrat or a Republican, so they may vote in either primary, but not both. Also, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the November presidential election and have already registered in Virginia to vote, may vote in the upcoming presidential primaries.

When voters go to the polls they will be asked to present one of the ID documents required by federal law. An acceptable form of ID can be any one of the following:

- Current and valid photo identification or
- A document that shows their name and address.

This document could be a current utility bill or a bank statement or a government check or paycheck or another government document. Also, on Election Day, schools will still be in session. If a voter’s precinct is located at a school they should allow extra time for parking and be alert for school children.

If a voter has a question about the location of their polling place or needs more information about Virginia’s presidential primaries to be held on February 12, they should go to the link below or contact their local registrar's office.


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