Primary elections less than a month away

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The primary election is less than a month away, and the Virginia Department of Elections wants to make sure potential voters know everything they need to cast a ballot correctly.

Per usual, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the election, which is June 11. Absentee voting is already underway for the primaries.

Of Virginia's 133 localities, 73 are holding primaries for the Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia Senate and various local races.
Some localities are holding primaries for both parties, depending on the race.

For the state Senate, both parties have primaries in the 17th, 22nd and 24th districts, while the 25th District is holding only a Democratic primary.

In the House of Delegates, the 20th, 58th, 59th and 65th districts are holding primaries for both parties while the 25th, 30th, 56th and 57th are only holding primaries for the Democrats.

Albemarle County is holding primaries for Democrats in the races for county sheriff, Commonwealth's Attorney, and three county Board of Supervisor seats, in the Rivanna, Scottsville and White Hall districts.
The city of Charlottesville needs to select Democratic nominees in the races for seats on the city council and Clerk of Court.

Louisa County is looking to pick a Republican nominee for its Commonwealth's Attorney.

Virginia does not require voters to list a party preference when they register, but voters are allowed to cast a ballot in only one party's primary. So in localities where there are primaries for both parties, voters will be asked which ballot they would prefer to cast when they arrive at the polls.

Anyone who wishes to cast a ballot must present a valid photo ID, such as a Virginia driver's license or other Department of Motor Vehicles-issued ID, a U.S. passport, an employer-issued photo ID, or a Virginia voter photo ID card.

The deadline to register to vote in this primary is May 20.

For more information on the upcoming primaries, polling locations, provisional ballots, absentee voting rules and more, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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