Midterms 2022: What to know about the Virginia congressional primaries, GOP conventions and early voting
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia’s 45-day early voting window for the congressional primaries is open, but new districts and different nomination plans for parties means not everyone can participate.
Only five of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts will hold state-run primaries. Republicans in three districts will choose their candidate for midterms on May 21, two at party-run conventions and one at a firehouse primary with voting by choice.
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But the redistricting moved electoral districts ahead of primaries and conventions, potentially confusing Virginians about where to vote, who represents them and more.
Early Voting in Virginia
Virginia’s early voting period for the congressional primaries began May 6 and will last 45 days. Every eligible Virginian is allowed to vote by mail without providing an excuse and has two options.
First, they can vote by mail or in person at their local Registrar General’s office or at any satellite voting location in their locality. The last day to vote early in person is Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m., and the last day to request an absentee ballot is June 10 at 5 p.m.
Absentee ballots that are mailed in must be posted by Election Day – June 21 – and received by the local registrar’s office by noon on June 24. Voters can also drop off their absentee ballots at any drop-off location or designated polling station in their locality. .
According to a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Elections, 1,173 early ballots were cast in person and 2,258 absentee ballots were submitted by mail statewide as of May 13.
New neighborhoods, new elected officials
Virginie underwent her recutting process required this year, mixing up popular districts and leaving some without a race to vote until November.
There were changes in each district during the process, but some representatives saw major changes. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s 7th congressional district moved from central Virginia to northern Virginia, including Prince William County and stretching from Carolina County to Madison County.
Voters can know if their neighborhoods have movedtheir registration status and polling places in their area online.
Three Republican constituencies vote on May 21
The 5th and 8th congressional districts will hold conventions where Republicans registered as convention delegates will soon choose GOP candidates for midterms.
Rep. Bob Good is challenged by Dan Moy, chairman of the Charlottesville Republican Committee, to represent the 5th district in November. Rep. Good won the seat after beating former Rep. Denver Riggleman at a drive-in convention hosted by the party in 2020.
the GOP convention for the 5th arrondissement will be held May 21 at 10 a.m. at Kirby Field House at Hampden-Sydney College. The winner will face Democrat Josh Throneburg at midterm.
There are five GOP candidates for the 8th Congressional District Conventionwhich begins at 9 a.m. on May 21 and will take place at the Waterford Events Center in Springfield. Learn more here.
The 10th arrondissement will have a primary barracks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 using ranked voting to see who will try to unseat Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.). There are 11 candidates for the primary barracks, several places where voters can be registered and an in-person postal votebut only with a valid excuse, Thursday, May 12, at The Middleburg Barn.
Rank voting was used for statewide Republican conventions last year where Gov. Glenn Youngkin won the nomination.
The winner shall receive the majority of votes, with registered delegates ranking their choices. If no candidate obtains a majority in the first round of vote counting, the candidate with the lowest percentage is eliminated. The vote count continues with the delegates’ second choices included in the recount until one candidate wins a majority.
Congressional primaries for June 21
Several Republicans have come forward to challenge Democratic incumbents in Virginia’s most vulnerable districts: Rep. Elaine Luria in the 2nd District and Rep. Spanberger in the 7th.
There are seven Republicans entered in the June 21 primary who are looking to challenge Spanberger later this year. The GOP candidates in the 7th are Gary Adkins, Derrick Anderson, Gina Ciarcia, State Sen. Bryce Reeves (Spotsylvania), David Ross, Stafford County Board Chairman Crystal Vanuch and County Board Supervisor administration of Prince William Yesli Vega.
Republicans running to unseat Rep. Luria include Tommy Altman, Andy Baan, Jarome Bell and State Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach).
Only a few incumbents face challengers from their own party in the primaries, including four-term Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) in the 8th District and two-term Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) in the 6th District.
Democrat Victoria Virasingh is running against Rep. Beyer and Republican Merritt Hale will face Rep. Cline. Two Republicans, Ted Engquist and Terry Namkung, will also face off for the chance to unseat Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) in the 3rd District.
Mid-term races already fixed
- Rep. Republican Rob Wittman (incumbent)
- Democrat Herb Jones
- Democratic Representative Donald McEachin (incumbent)
- Republican Leon Benjamin
- Rep. Republican Morgan Griffith (incumbent)
- Democrat Taysha DeVaughan
- Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly (incumbent)
- Republican Jim Myles
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