from staff reports
Virginia will be holding a Republican primary for the 2012 presidential race on March 6. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are on the ballot. There will be no write-ins for this primary. There will be no oath requirement.
The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 13.
Voters may request an absentee ballot for this primary. The deadline to request the ballot is Feb. 28. The application can be downloaded from the Internet and it is available at the Voter Registrar’s Office. The application must be received by the registrar by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
Absentee voters may vote via a paper absentee ballot or in-person at the registrar’s office. The last day to vote absentee is March 3. Absentee voters may vote between now and March 3.
The Virginia State Board of Elections does have some requirements for absentee voting. Those include:
- Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation, will be absent from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;
- Any person who is active military, a member of the merchant marine of the United States, or who temporarily resides outside of the United States, or the spouse or dependent residing with any person listed previously, and who will be absent on the day of the election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote.
- Any student attending a school or institution of learning, or his spouse, who will be absent on the day of election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;
- Any person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of election because of a disability, illness or pregnancy ;
- Any person who is confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, provided that the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day preceding the election. Any person who is awaiting trial and is a resident of the county or city where he is confined shall, on his request, be taken to the polls to vote on election day if his trial date is postponed and he did not have an opportunity to vote absentee;
- Any person who is a member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment;
- Any person serving as a designated representative of a political party, independent candidate or candidate in a political party;
- Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because he is primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home; or
- Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because of an obligation occasioned by his religion.
- Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation, will be at his place of work and commuting to and from his home to his place of work for eleven or more hours of the thirteen that the polls are open (6 a.m to 7 p.m.).
- Certain first responders who meet code definitions for law-enforcement officers, firefighters, search and rescue personnel and emergency medical services personnel.
To download the absentee ballot application, visit http://www.sbe.virginia.gov. For in-person voting, contact Kris Hicks at the Westmoreland County Voter Registrar’s Office at 493-8898.