Alexandria Voter's Guide to June 12 Primaries
Republican primary election set for U.S. Senate candidates; Democratic primary election scheduled for 8th Congressional District and Alexandria City Council candidates.
Alexandria voters will head to the polls on June 12 for the 8th Congressional District, the U.S. Senate and City Council Democrats. Beginning with the June 12 primary, voters in Alexandria will be using the city's new eScan Voting System.
If your polling place is holding both a Republican primary and a Democratic primary, you can only vote in one primary.
If you aren't registered to vote, you have until 5 p.m. May 21 to register. Voter registration applications must be postmarked by that day or dropped off in the Office of Voter Registration and Elections by 5 p.m.
If you are 17 years old now but are turning 18 by the Nov. 6 general election, you can vote in the June 12 primary. If you plan to do this, call your voter's registration office ahead of time and be sure to bring official proof of your age.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 12.
Republican Primary Election for U.S. Senate Race
Voters across Virginia will choose among the following GOP candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D):
- George Allen, former governor and U.S. senator
- E.W. Jackson
- R.G. “Bob” Marshall, delegate
- Jamie Radtke
The winner in the GOP primary election for U.S. Senate will face former Gov. Tim Kaine (D), who did not face opposition from his own party, in the Nov. 6 General Election.
8th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election
The 8th Congressional District includes all of the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, the City of Falls Church and part of Fairfax County. Residents in the 8th Congressional District will vote in a Democratic primary election to decide between candidates:
Alexandria City Council Democratic Primary Election
City of Alexandria voters participating in the Democratic primary will select nominees for the City Council election, which is also on Nov. 6. Voters can choose up to six candidates out of the 14 running. The list of candidates includes:
- John Chapman
- Melissa Feld
- Donna Fossum
- Michael Hepburn
- Sean Holihan
- Tim Lovain
- Victoria Menjivar
- Sammie Moshenberg
- Arthur Peabody
- Del Pepper
- Allison Silberberg
- Paul Smedberg
- Boyd Walker
- Justin Wilson
The six nominees will face Republicans Frank Fannon, Alicia Hughes and Bob Wood as well as any independents in the General Election, where six councilmembers will be selected to three-year terms. Jermaine Mincey is the lone confirmed independent City Council candidate at this point. Independents have until June 12 to file for candidacy.
Citizens also will be voting for members of the School Board and for mayor on Nov. 6. Current declared mayoral candidates are incumbent Mayor Bill Euille and Andrew Macdonald, running as an independent.
Frequently Asked Questions
The State Board of Elections recently mailed new voter cards to some voters due to the shifting Congressional district boundaries. Here are answers to questions about that, from the Fairfax County Office of Elections:
Why did I receive a new voter card?
There are two reasons why a voter may have received a new voter card:
- As a result of the 2010 Census, Congressional districts were altered to ensure they were as close in population as possible. The voter may have received a card to inform them of a change in their Congressional representation.
- Many long-registered voters still had voter information cards which contained their Social Security numbers. The State Board of Elections mailed a new card which replaced the Social Security number with a voter identification number to voters who, according to the SBE records, had not received a card since the changeover removing the SSN was made.
I just received a new voter card and the Congressional District is wrong.
The General Assembly just completed the required adjustments of Congressional district boundaries after the Census. The voter card is the notice of your new district.
Why do the county websites not show my new district?
The Office of Elections does not control the content of other sites and some sites lag behind the latest information. The voter card you just received contains the official information on your current representation.
Why does my voter card indicate my language preference?
As a result of the 2010 Census, it was determined that Fairfax County now falls under the Provision 203 of the Voting Rights Act. This provision requires Fairfax County to provide voting and elections related materials in a specified language.