Virginia voters will head to the polls on November 8 to chose the President, as well as 11 U.S. House Representatives. Voters in the commonwealth do not have to vote for governor because Terry McAuliffe’s term doesn’t end until 2018.
Here’s what you need to know as you head to the polls:
POLLING HOURS & LOCATIONS: Polls in Virginia open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To find out where you vote, click here to go to the Virginia Department of Elections and enter your registered voter address. You need to bring a photo ID to vote in Virginia.
REGISTRATION GUIDELINES: The deadline to register to vote in Virginia passed on October 21. There is no same-day registration in the state. Click here to check your registration status at the Virginia Department of Elections. You will need to enter your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
TRACKING RESULTS: Once the election is over, results will be available at the Virginia Department of Elections. Real-time results will be available from several media outlets throughout the state, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Roanoke Times, WWBBT, WDBJ7, WAVY, WSLS10 and WHSV3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN FEDERAL RACES: Polls show Virginia leaning towards Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. If Clinton wins the state’s 13 electoral votes, 2016 will be the third consecutive presidential election where Virginia went to the Democratic candidate. Barack Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012. Before Obama, Republicans won the state every election between 1968 and 2004.
Virginia does not have either U.S. Senate seat up for re-election, but all 11 U.S. House seats are on the ballot as Representatives are elected to two-year terms. Three House Representatives have decided not to run (Scott Rigell [R – District 2], Randy Forbes [R – 4] and Robert Hurt [R – 5]).
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN STATE RACES: The 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates are elected to two-year terms, but their elections are held in odd-numbered years. The Senate of Virginia‘s 40 members are elected to four-year terms, but their last election was last year.
For a look at the candidates on the Virginia ballot, click here:
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