Voting in Virginia’s 2016 presidential primaries has begun. Absentee ballots are available for qualified voters who will be unable vote March 1.
In person-absentee voting takes place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Feb. 26, as well as on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The last day for voters to apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them is Tuesday, Feb, 23. To obtain an application, go to Voter Registration Office or to loudoun.gov/voting.
Candidates qualifying to appear on the ballot are:
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders
Republicans: Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Jim Gilmore, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina. Lindsey Graham’s name also will appear on the ballot, although he has withdrawn from the race.
Virginia has open primaries; however, the Republican Party of Virginia will ask voters in the Republic primary to sign a “statement of affiliation.”