Virginia Primary Voting Guide: What you need to know before heading to the polls

- Before you head to the polls to cast your vote in the Virginia primary on June 12, here’s everything you need to know.

Polling stations will be open on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you need to find your local polling station, click here.

If you haven’t had time to register to vote, we’re sorry to inform you that you won’t be able to since the due date was May 21. If you need to check on the status of your registration, click here to find more information.

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You can find all voter forms here.

Virginia requires voters to provide photo ID to cast their vote so you’ll want to make sure you have one of the following forms of ID before heading to the polls:

  • Valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Valid DMV-issued photo ID
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a school located in Virginia
  • U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
  • Virginia voter photo ID card

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For more information about Virginia photo ID rules, click here.

As you’re voting, remember that it is OK to take a “ballot selfie” in Virginia. If you take one, be sure tag FOX 5 by using #Fox5Vote.

Virginians and the country will be keeping a close eye on two primary races that could have a major impact on the U.S. House and Senate.

U.S. House – Virginia 10th District: Northern Virginians will be watching closely as Incumbent-Rep. Barbara Comstock attempts to defeat Republican challenger Shak Hill to hold onto Virginia’s 10th District in the U.S. House. Comstock has represented the district since 2015 after she served in the Virginia House of Delegates for four years. Hill is a retired Air Force pilot and former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump in 2017. Hill is conservative who has been endorsed by Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s former deputy assistant.

U.S. Senate: Three Republicans will battle it out to be the GOP contender to take on Democratic-Incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine for his seat in the U.S. Senate. Kaine, who ran as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential candidate in 2016, has held the seat since 2013. He has previously served as Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and chair of the Democratic National Committee. He is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Here are the three front-runners for the Republican candidacy:

Nick Freitas has served in the Virginia House of Delegates representing Culpeper since 2016. Freitas was a Green Beret and served 11 years of active duty in the Army. The conservative has endorsements from U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, who both are considered libertarian-leaning Republicans.

E.W. Jackson is a pastor in Chesapeake. The Marine veteran ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, but lost the Republican primary to George Allen. Jackson ran for Virginian’s lieutenant governor in 2013 and won the Republican primary before losing in the general election to Democrat Ralph Northam. He is a conservative who backs President Donald Trump and his campaign website says he wants to “Make America BELIEVE Again.”

Corey Stewart ran for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor in 2017 but loss to Ed Gillespie. Northam later defeated Gillespie to become governor of Virginia. Stewart is the chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors and is a conservative who has backing from former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

To see a complete list of candidates running for office in Virginia’s primary, click here.

On election night, be sure to check in here to find results.

For more results, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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