Countdown to VA's Primary

By: Emily Brown Email
By: Emily Brown Email

Tuesday is the day when Virginians will have their voices heard with regards to who will might be the next U.S. President.

After Mitt Romney dropping out and the Democrats running neck and neck after Super Tuesday, the Commonwealth's decision is more crucial than ever.

The polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. During those 13 hours, Virginians will help decide who gets the presidential nods.

If you've already voted in an absentee ballot, for example for Mitt Romney who has withdrawn, you cannot change your vote.

However, if you do head to the polls Tuesday, there is something to keep in mind. Since the state does not require registration for a specific party, depending on which primary you vote in (Republican or Democratic), your name may be given to that party and party officials may send you information regarding candidate and issues.

During the next 24 hours before people make their final decisions, local registrars are working to pull everything together so your voice is heard.

"Doing a lot of last minute things, a lot of last minute details. But what we're doing today is giving the supplies to the people that are working out at the polls. The election officers are going to be coming to the office here picking up their materials. And so it's going to be a busy day making sure the polls are ready," says Doug Geib, the Rockingham County Interim Registrar.

Tuesday is a dual primary, so you will be asked on which ballot you would like to vote. Remember, for this vote, it doesn't matter for which party you are registered.


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