Compared to most states, Virginia has some unique characteristics when it comes to political elections.
First, every year is an election year in Virginia, and by November 2nd, millions of Virginians will head to the polls to cast ballots in several key state and local elections. Second, Virginia’s constitution limits a governor to a single consecutive term but allows former governors to run again after being out of office for a term. This year, Virginia voters will experience these phenomena when they get to choose a new governor in a 3-way contest with former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Republican Glenn Youngkin, and Independent Princess Blanding.
Other statewide candidates on the ballot this year include Lt. Governor nominees Winsome Sears (R) and Hala Ayala (D), as well as Attorney General nominees Jason Miyares (R) and incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring (D). All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates will be up for grabs this year, and many localities will have elections for supervisors, school boards, and constitutional officers like sheriff and clerk of court.
With so many choices on the ballot this year, it’s never too early to start educating yourself. Here are a couple useful resources for voters.
The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) has a ton of resources on elections, candidates, and campaign spending. You can also do a deeper dive into the specifics of your voting precinct to see your current representatives, who’s on the November 2nd ballot, and political trends in your area.
To find out more information about your voter registration status or where you vote, you can visit the Virginia Department of Elections.
Of course, be on the lookout for information from Virginia REALTORS® and RPAC as we endorse and support REALTOR® champion candidates for office this fall. If you have questions or feedback on the 2021 elections, feel free to reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.