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About Virginia Elections

June 11, 2019 Commonwealth Primary 

November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election

Offices on the ballot:  State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

The Virginia Department of Elections based in the capital city of Richmond is responsible for overseeing elections in Virginia.  Christopher E. “Chris” Piper has been appointed as the Commissioner.

Web elections.virginia.gov
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Email:   info@elections.virginia.gov
Address:  Washington Building, First Floor
1100 Bank Street, Richmond 23219
Number:  (804) 864-8901  Toll Free: (800) 552-9745
Office Hours:  8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

Voter Registration

To vote in the November 6, 2018 election, you must register by October 14, 2018.

To register to vote

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website.

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. A resident of Virginia
  3. At least 18 years old by the next general election

If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have your voting rights restored.
If you were declared mentally incapacitated, you must have your capacity restored by court order.

For registered Voters

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website to:

  • Access your Virginia Voter Record to update registration
  • Apply to vote absentee
  • View your voter-related information


How to run for office

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot

Virginia Elections web pages

These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The board has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office.

Using this Hub

We have designed this Hub to be easy and intuitive as possible to use.  All viewers need to remember to find content is to:

"Select teal circles, rectangles, text, and icons"

When most teal circles and teal rectangles are selected, they open multiple possible actions. When blue text and blue icons, they usually do one action.

Most color blind people can distinguish the teal and blue colors from the level of shading. For those with more severe blindness issues, an audio-based user experience is coming next year.

About Aircasting

One approach we use to inform and engage Virginians is via our Aircasts. Aircasts are livestreamed and recorded videos that include viewer input and are archived in their related posts.

We focus particularly on Curator produced mobile Aircasts that employ smartphones and a few inexpensive accessories. Some use cases include:

"During an Event" - Aircaster does interviews …before, during, and/or after event for inclusion into posts. Can upgrade up to mobile studio e.g. CNN Town Halls.

"Anytime in one's Office"- Elected official or candidate livestreams weekly updates and their responses to Hub members questions.

The Virginia onAir YouTube channel will also have livestreamed and recorded videos that can be stored in posts.

Virginia onAir Supporters

Virginia onAir Supporters

The most important supporters of Virginia onAir are the undergrad students who are members of the onAir chapter at their Virginia university or community college. The GMU onAir Chapter is the  first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and other state Hubs.

Any Virginia resident can be a member of an onAir chapter although it is anticipated that undergrad majors in government and communication will be the primary chapter participants through internships, courses, student clubs, and student government.

Other ways to support the Virginia onAir Hub and chapter events include:

  • Donating to the nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3 Democracy onAir,
  • Becoming a sponsor/advertiser,
  • Purchasing a premium Virginia onAir membership.
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