Virginia voters will select representatives to the U.S. House from all 11 districts, as well as the U.S. Senate and dozens of local races, when they head to the polls Nov. 6. Here’s what you need to know.
WASHINGTON — Virginia voters will select representatives to the U.S. House from all 11 districts, as well as the U.S. Senate and dozens of local races and two ballot questions, when they head to the polls Nov. 6. Here’s what you need to know:
In the WTOP listening area, the highest-profile race is probably in the 10th Congressional District between Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. In the 7th District, Republican incumbent David Brat faces a challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, as well as Libertarian Joe Walton.
In the state’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine is up against Prince William County Republican Party Chairman Corey Stewart.
In Arlington County, incumbent independent John Vihstadt will take on Democrat Matt de Ferranti for a seat on the board, while incumbent independent Barbara Kanninen faces independent Audrey Clement.
In Prince William County, three candidates are up for the chair of the School Board: interim chair Babur Lateef, board member Alyson Satterwhite and Stanley Bender.
There are also races for the Arlington County Board and the Prince William County School Board.
And two constitutional amendments are on the ballot. One would expand the General Assembly’s power to allow cities and towns to grant property-tax relief, so that residents in flood-prone areas could get a tax break for making flooding-resiliency improvements. The other would expand the property-tax exemption for the surviving spouses of veterans who suffered a service-connected disability, so that they could move to a different principal residence and still get the exemption.
Can I still register to vote?
It’s too late to register to vote in this election. The deadline to register was Oct. 15. It’s also too late to ask for an absentee ballot.
When are the polls open?
Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6. If you’re in line by 7 p.m., you’ll get to vote.
Voters in Virginia are required to show an ID when they go to the polls. These forms of identification are considered valid:
Virginia driver’s license
Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
United States passport
Employer-issued photo ID
Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia
Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
Virginia Voter Photo ID card
If you need a photo ID, you can get one for free at your registrar’s office. If you don’t know where that is, you can find it on the Board of Elections website.
Nov. 3 is the deadline to vote an absentee in-person ballot. You have to have already applied for one.
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