Absentee voting underway for primary

Posted: May 8, 2013

Star staff report

Absentee voting has begun for the June 11 primary, and all localities were able to meet the required 45-day deadline for mailing ballots to voters, according to a media release from the State Board of Elections.

Voting, which began April 26, allows qualified individuals to participate even if they can’t make it to the polls. It can be done in person or by mail.

The deadline to submit an application to vote absentee is 5 p.m. June 4. The deadline for applying and casting an absentee ballot in person at the local voter registrar’s office is by the close of business June 8.

There will be a statewide Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, the release states. The Republican party will nominate its candidates for statewide office in a convention to be held May 17-18.

There are also numerous primary elections for the House of Delegates and local offices. In some parts of the state, voters will have to choose whether to participate in the primary for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Voters in Virginia are free to choose which primary to participate in, but they cannot participate in both.

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor are Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra. The party’s candidates for attorney general are Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax.

Locally, incumbent Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Frederick County, will seek the GOP nod against Dr. Mark Berg.

Sherwood represents the 29th District, which encompasses Winchester and most of Frederick County.

Del. Joe May, R-Loudoun County — who represents the 33rd District, including parts of Frederick and Clarke counties — is being challenged by Loudoun County businessman Dave LaRock in the primary.

There are no Democratic or independent candidates in either district.

The polls for the primary are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To find out what’s on the ballot in your jurisdiction — or for more information on absentee voting and who is eligible to cast such a ballot — visit the State Board of Elections website at sbe.virginia.govand click on “What’s on my ballot” on the home page.

The general election is Nov. 5.