Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 11 in Culpeper County and elsewhere around Virginia.
Eight candidates—vying for their party’s nomination in three separate state races—will be on the Culpeper County primary ballot. Two of the primary elections feature Democratic candidates and two of the primary elections feature Republican candidates vying for their respective party’s nomination to run in the November state elections.
Each of Culpeper’s 15 voting precincts will be holding a primary, but not all voters will be able to vote in all elections, due to split precincts and the five state districts comprising the county. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdsay.
“With three Senate Districts and two House Districts, the splits get complicated even for us in the office,” said Culpeper County General Registrar James Clements.
He said there are three things voters should know about participating in Tuesday’s primary elections.
1. The Primary on Tuesday is being held by the parties to select their candidates for November in two Virginia Senate races and one Virginia House Race, he said.
Both Republicans and Democrats will be selecting a candidate in the 17th Senate District. Republicans are also selecting a candidate in the 24th Senate District, and Democrats are selecting a candidate in the 18th House District. There are no local offices, or questions on the ballot, Clements said.
2. Voters should check their registration to find their Districts and polling place.
“If you voted at the polls in November and haven’t moved, you’re likely okay, but searching by address is not 100 percent guaranteed. We see voters at each election who have moved and their registration wasn’t updated. I highly recommend looking up your registration on our website before you go to the polls. And while you’re on our site, match your districts to the sample ballots to see which ballots are available to you on Election Day,” the registrar said.
3. There is no party designation on your Virginia voter registration, Clements stressed as his third point.
“Election Officers are required to ask you to choose a ballot (if your precinct is holding a dual primary) because State Code prohibits you from voting in both in the same election,” he said. “We understand voter frustration at being asked to choose a ballot, or to pick one party’s ballot versus the other.”
Choice of primary does not affect voter registration, Clements said. The Primary on Tuesday is being held for the purpose of determining party candidates for November.
“If you were allowed to pick the best candidate for Party A, and the least electable candidate for Party B, at the same time, it would encourage cynical behavior that is destructive to democracy,” he said.
For information, see voteinculpeper.info/.