Virginia is an open primary state which means that voter registration is not conducted by party affiliation, but based on absentee votes thus far, many registrars in the area are projecting an increase in voters this year.
We break it down for you:
Voters statewide: 5,667,247
Lynchburg: 53,239 total voters registered
Danville: 27,395 total voters registered, 1,053 absentee ballots turned in (expect turnout to be around 50%)
Roanoke County: 69,154 total voters registered
Roanoke City: 62,193 total voters registered, 2,101 absentee voters (215% higher than the last midterm in 2014)
Martinsville: 8,703 total voters registered
City of Salem: 843 absentee ballots turned in (expect turnout to be around 49%)
A few things to remember before heading to the polls:
1. Polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m. at the correct precinct, you should be able to vote.
2. Virginia law requires voters to show acceptable ID to vote in person. Some acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, DMV-issued ID, passport, employer issued ID, student photo ID issued by a school, college or university located in Virginia, Virginia photo ID card, other US or Virginia government issued photo ID, tribal photo ID
3. If you forget your ID, you will be able to vote using a provisional ballot.
4. Make sure your ballot includes all the contests for the districts that you live in.
5. You can look up the candidate information online before going to the polls.