Up until 8:55 am this morning, I didn’t know how to vote in the Virginia primaries. I didn’t know if I was eligible to vote in the primaries. Heck, I barely knew the difference between a caucus and primary. I do know that for many reasons the stakes of this election feel higher than they ever have since I’ve been able to vote. I want to ensure my voice is heard at every step of the process. That said, here’s me synthesizing everything I’ve learned to make it easier for you should you want to vote in the primary (psst…you should!).
When: The Virginia Primaries are on March 1st, 2016.
Who: Virginia is an open primary state. This means you DO NOT need to be registered to a political party to vote in the primary. However, you do need to be a registered voter of the State of Virginia. If you are not currently a registered voter, you will not be able to vote in the primaries (the deadline was February 8th, 2016). If you’re unsure if you’re a registered voter, you can check on this site.
How: On March 1st, 2016, you need to go to your local polling place to vote. If you don’t know where your polling place is, you can check on this site. You’ll choose which primary you want to vote in upon arrival.
Please comment below if there are any inaccuracies, any additional information that would be helpful, or if you have any questions!
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