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March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary

Both parties have ordered a Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the offices of President and Vice President to be held on March 1, 2016. Below are the candidates who will appear on the ballots for both parties.

Democratic Primary
1. Hillary Clinton
2. Martin J. O’Malley
3. Bernie Sanders

Republican Primary
1. Marco Rubio
2. Lindsey Graham
3. Ben Carson
4. Rand Paul
5. Mike Huckabee
6. Ted Cruz
7. Donald Trump
8. Jim Gilmore
9. Chris Christie
10. Jeb Bush
11. Rick Santorum
12. John Kasich
13. Carly Fiorina

Primary Information

    • This will be a dual primary, so voters will have to choose to vote either in the Republican Primary or the Democratic Primary. Voters may only vote in one primary. Voters will be asked when they check in which primary they wish to vote in.
    • People who are seventeen now and will be eighteen by November 8, 2106, can register and vote in this election. Virginia Code §24.2-403 states:

Any person who is otherwise qualified and will be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any person who is otherwise qualified and will be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next November general presidential election shall be permitted to register in advance of and also vote in any intervening presidential primary and any other primary held on the same day as the presidential primary.

    • The Republican Party will require voters in the Republican Primary to sign an oath that states, “My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.” Voters must sign this oath in order to participate in the Republican Primary, as stated in Virginia Code §24.2-545 A:

If the party has determined that it will hold a presidential primary, each registered voter of the Commonwealth shall be given an opportunity to participate in the presidential primary of the political party . . . subject to requirements determined by the political party for participation in its presidential primary. The requirements may include, but shall not be limited to, the signing of a pledge by the voter of his intention to support the party's candidate when offering to vote in the primary.

    • Because of the nature of a presidential primary, some candidates who qualified for Virginia’s ballot may end their campaign but still be on the ballot in March. The Voter Registration Office will take efforts to inform voters regarding this, but voters have the responsibility to stay informed as well.

Important Dates:

    • January 15, 2016: Absentee voting begins.
    • February 8th, 2016: The last day a person may register to vote in this election.
    • February 23, 2016: The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
    • February 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m.: The deadline to vote absentee in-person in the Voter Registration Office.
    • March 1, 2016: Presidential Primary Election.


Election Information

The Electoral Board and General Registrar are responsible for virtually all aspects of voter registration and election administration in Northampton County. They are committed to providing each citizen of Northampton County with the opportunity to exercise his or her right to vote in an efficient and equitable manner in accordance with the Constitutions of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Code of Virginia.

The Northampton County Electoral Board is a bipartisan board responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections held in Northampton County. This board promotes the proper administration of election laws, and campaign finance disclosure compliance. The Board is comprised of three members. The three members are appointed on a staggered term basis for a three-year term. The Circuit Court Judges receive nominations for appointment from the political parties. Two electoral board members shall be of the political party which cast the highest number of votes for Governor in the last election.

The Code of Virginia mandates that the Electoral Board meet in February and March and to hold a Canvas of Votes after each election. The Board calls for other meetings as the need arises. In addition, Board Members must be available to oversee operations at each polling place throughout the day on Election Day.

The General Registrar is appointed for a four-year term and is charged with the responsibility of implementing procedures used to properly register voters, maintaining voter registration records, maintaining the registrar’s office and ensuring uniformity, fairness and legality of the registration process in Northampton County. In addition, the registrar carries out duties delegated by the Electoral Board.

The Code of Virginia allows for Special Elections to be conducted under certain circumstances. In addition, each Political Party has the option of holding a Primary every June. A General Election is held every year in November and Town Elections are held in May in even numbered years.

The Electoral Board and General Registrar are available to speak to organizations and groups and to demonstrate the AVC Edge Touch Screen Voting Equipment.

Ralph Orzo,  Chairman

JoAnn M. Clark, Vice-Chairman

Leonard Spady, Jr., Secretary

Terrence P. Flynn, General Registrar

Election Information: This page contains information on Election Dates, offices to be elected, polling place locations and hours of operation.

Voter Registration: This page contains information regarding qualifications to register, locations to obtain Voter Registration Applications and how to make changes to your registration information.

Candidates: This page contains information on candidates who have qualified to be placed on the ballot.  This information is also updated daily at the State Board of Elections web site.

Elected Officials: This page contains a list of elected officials, Federal, State and Local (County and Town) their term of office and contact information.


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