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Last Updated: 2018-03-01


The State Board of Elections has ordered primary elections to be held in the City of Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The purpose of these elections is to nominate candidates for offices that will be on the ballot in November. Democratic party primary elections have been ordered for the offices of U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, 4th district. Republican party primary elections have also been ordered for the offices of U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, 4th district. Click on the links at the end of this section to view the order for these primary elections.

A primary election will only be held if more than one political party candidate files for any of the offices for which a primary has been called. Whether or not a primary will be actually be held will not be known until early April 2018. Information about how to participate in a primary election as a candidate or in the November general election as a non-party candidate can be found at The primary candidate filing deadline is March 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM. The filing deadline for non-party candidates is Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

If any of these primary elections is held, the polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, May 21, 2018. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot through the mail is Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5 PM. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person (with limited exceptions) is Saturday, June 9, 2018. The Office of the General Registrar is open for absentee voting during the week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Absentee voting for the primary election will start no later than April 27, 2018.


Photo ID is now required to vote at your polling place or in person absentee voting. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: valid Virginia Driver's license; DMV issued photo ID; valid United States passport; valid employee photo ID; other government issued photo ID; and, valid Virginia college or university student photo ID. If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID, you may get a free one for voting purposes at any local Virginia voter registration office. More information is available at


Voters who have a valid Virginia driver's license or other DMV ID can now register to vote or update their voter registration directly online at Paper applications are available online at, at all City libraries and post offices, Virginia DMV offices and all Virginia Voter registration offices. See the links under the Voter Registration tab for more information.


Click here to view a schedule of elections through November 2027.

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