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Absentee voting has started for the June 11 statewide Democratic primary.
The statewide primary is to select Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
There are also numerous primary elections for the House of Delegates and local offices in various areas of the state.
Among them is the 6th District House race to select the Republican nominee for the November election. Incumbent Annie B. Crockett-Stark of Wytheville is retiring. The 6th District includes all of Carroll and Wythe counties and part of Smyth County.
The GOP candidates are former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell, and Jack B. Weaver of Rural Retreat.
Campbell, 46, is a lawyer with a law office in Marion. He has served as mayor and a town council member in Saltville and also has served on the Saltville Industrial Development Authority and the board of the Smyth County Tourism Association.
Weaver is a businessman and farmer. His campaign announcement said that he has been named to Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South, Who’s Who in America and Outstanding Kiwanis Club president, and has been honored for his work with state and national historical museums.
In some parts of the state, voters will have to choose whether to participate in the primary for the Democratic party or the Republican party.
Voters in Virginia are free to choose which primary to participate in, but they cannot participate in both.
Polls will be open June 11 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any voter in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor are Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra. Democratic Candidates for attorney general are Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax.
The Republican Party nominated candidates for statewide office in a convention May 17-18. They chose a slate of officers that included Mark Obenshain (attorney general), Ken Cuccinelli (governor) and E.W. Jackson (lieutenant governor).
The deadline to submit an application to vote by absentee is 5 p.m. June 4. Applications may be received by mail, fax or as a scanned e-mail attachment. The voter’s local registrar must receive the application by the deadline.
All voted absentee ballots must be submitted as directed in the instructions with the absentee ballot by the time polls close at 7 p.m. on election day.
June 8 is the deadline for applying and casting an absentee ballot in-person at the voter’s local registrar’s office.
Voters can obtain details online at www.sbe.virginia.gov/.