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June Dual Primary Order

Candidate Information

First Things First
The road to getting your name on the ballot can sometimes seem very complicated. Before starting your journey, please get become acquainted with the process. Stop by the Voter Registration office, where we can walk you through the basics and supply you with any forms you need. Candidates should also read through the very helpful Candidate Bulletin published by the Department of Elections. This bulleting explains all the requirements, forms, policies, laws and best practices for aspiring candidates. It is the candidate’s responsibility to know and follow all such guidelines. There may be legal consequences for not doing so. The staff at the Voter Registration Office is always happy to help candidates, but any mistakes you make are yours.


Offices on the November 5, 2019, General and Special Election Ballot
Commonwealth’s Attorney
Commissioner of Revenue
Member, School Board at Large
Member, Board of Supervisors Districts Four
Member, Board of Supervisors Districts Five
Member, School Board District Four
Member, School Board District Five
Soil and Water Conservation Director, Eastern Shore District (Two positions)

The Five Important Forms
In order for a candidate’s name to appear on the ballot, the following forms must be filed with the Voter Registration office. These forms are available in our office, or you can link to the form on the Department of Election’s website. The deadline for all forms to be completed and filed in the Voter Registration Office is June 11, 2019, at 7:00p.m.


  • The Declaration of Candidacy, Certificate of Candidate Qualification and Petitions of Qualified Voters must all be notarized. We have notaries at the County offices that will do this free of charge during regular working hours.
  • Candidates for Soil and Water Conservation Director have to collect at least 25 petition signatures; all other offices have to collect at least 125 signatures.
  • Petitions are tricky. The Declaration of Candidacy must be filed before the petitions can be counted. Please be sure the petition is filled out correctly and signed and notarized correctly so that the petition and its signatures are valid. We are happy to help you if you have questions.
  • It is recommended that you file the paperwork as you complete it and well before the June 11 deadline, especially petitions. We can help with corrections, but only before the deadline. Also, we can give you a running count on your petition signatures if you request. Nothing will be corrected or counted if it is filed after the deadline.

Campaign Finance
Campaign finance is one of the most complicated issues for candidates. A good place to start is with the Department of Elections guidebook, Summary of Laws and Policies, Candidate Campaign Committees. It is important that every candidate understand the campaign finance process; as helpful as we like to be here at Voter Registration, we cannot give candidates any advice or help with their campaign finance reports according to Department of Elections guidelines.


  • A candidate can be exempt from filing all scheduled reports except the final report if they do not take contributions and spend less than $1,000 of their own money during the campaign. Many local candidates use this option. Fill out the Exemption from Reportingform and turn it in to our office.
  • Candidates have ten days from their first expenditure or contribution to file their Statement of Organization.
  • Candidates who will take contributions are encouraged to use COMET for campaign finance reports. COMET is a software program that works like other personal finance programs like Quicken and is available free from the Department of Elections website. It sends you email reminders when reports are due and generally makes campaign finance filing easier.


Reminder: All completed forms and petitions must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. June 11, 2019 in the Voter Registration Office.



Campaign Finance Workshop For Local Candidates


RICHMOND, VA – In preparation for the 2019 General Election campaign, the Department of Elections (ELECT) is pleased to announce additional dates for Campaign Finance Training in March 2019.

ELECT will be offering a seminar for candidates and treasurers on the laws and policies governing campaign finance reporting and compliance. This training is geared toward candidates, their staff and treasurers as well as treasurers for ALL types of political committees (e.g. PACs, Parties, Referendum).

“This is the first time in several years that ELECT is offering this type of regional campaign finance training”, Christopher E. "Chris" Piper, Commissioner of the Department of Elections, said, “Campaign finance laws have grown more and more complex. More candidates and committees are using ELECT's online reporting tool, COMET, than ever before. We felt it was time to provide training for candidates that will walk them through what to do once they have decided to run for office to when they decide to close their campaign. It is an added bonus that we are able to train officers of other types of committees as well. I encourage all potential candidates, staff, and treasurers to participate in this important training.”

The training dates and locations are as follows (new dates are denoted in **bold): ·

Christiansburg (New River Community College) - March 12 th , 2:00 pm

**Harrisonburg(East Gay Street) - March 18th, 2:00 pm

**Manassas(Old Manassas Courthouse) - March 19th, 7:00 pm ·

Richmond City (James Center) - March 20 th , 2:30 pm

**Williamsburg(Stryker Center) - March 21st, 7:00 pm ·

Virginia Beach (Voter Registration Office) - March 22 nd , 9:00 am

**Virginia Beach(Voter Registration Office) - March 22nd - 1:45 pm

**Abingdon(Washington County Government Center)- March 25th - 2:15 pm ·

Charlottesville (Downtown Mall) - March 26th - 1:45 pm

**Leesburg(Miller Drive) - March 27th -1:15 pm

Reservations will be accepted for each location on a first come, first served basis. Classes last approximately two hours.

To register:


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 will gladly to speak to organizations and groups. Please call the office to make a request.

Ralph Orzo, Chair
JoAnne Fitchett, Vice-Chair
JoAnn M. Clark, Secretary
Terrence P. Flynn, General Registrar
Liz Smith, Assistant 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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