Voting in Virginia 2022 Primary

The next big national elections are coming up in November 2022, when American voters will elect representatives to Congress who will have a big impact on life in America for the next couple of years. But before then, Virginians must first vote in the Primary Election on June 21 to decide who will be on the ballot in November.

Asian Americans are an important voting bloc whose turnout has skyrocketed in recent elections, and we must continue to make our voices heard! Voting in the primary election is how voters set the stage of who they want to see on the ballot in the general elections. Your primary vote is an expression of what’s most important to you – from policies to government spending and everything in between, you’re voting for the leaders who will fight for what you and your community care about.

Redistricting in Virginia has also changed district lines for the upcoming elections. Find your new districts and polling locations, learn more about the positions up for election, and make a plan to vote using our checklist below!

Checklist: Are you ready to vote?

Register to vote or check your current registration status

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Find your district & learn who and what’s on the ballot

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Plan how and when you will vote

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Tell your friends and family to vote!

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First day to vote early in-person

6/18

Last day to vote early in-person

6/21

Election Day; last day for mail-in absentee ballots to be postmarked

Register to vote or update your voter registration!

Update your voter registration if you have moved or changed your name.

The deadline to register to vote or update your voter information to vote in the 2022 primary is May 31.

If you don’t have a Virginia driver’s license or state-issued ID, register either:

After submitting your voter registration, you should receive a notification in the mail confirming your registration status. If you do not receive one, contact your local registrar’s office to make sure that your application has been processed or check your voter record online.

U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives is one of Congress’s two chambers and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. This position is up for election every two years. The number of representatives from each state is determined by the population of the state, and Virginia has 11 House seats.

Responsibilities include:

  • Meets with constituents, listen to their concerns, and advocate for their best interests
  • Makes and passes federal laws on matters including education, healthcare, social services, and public safety
  • Introduces all revenue-raising bills
  • Initiates impeachment proceedings against a president or other federal officer
  • Elects the president if the electoral college is tied

Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to vote by mail to ensure physical distancing, or to vote early to avoid long lines on Election Day. Learn about the different voting options, decide which is best for you, and make sure you are prepared to make your voice heard!

Voting By Mail

(Absentee Ballot)

Apply for your absentee ballot online or on paper.

Follow all instructions to fill out your ballot accurately.

  • Make sure you have all the signatures required on the outside of the envelope, including a witness signature.

Return your ballot by mail or in person.

REMINDERS:

  • Any registered voter can vote absentee for any reason.
  • All mail-in ballots are trackable. Track your ballot at hamkaecenter.org/vote.
  • Request and return your ballot as soon as possible to avoid mail delays!

Early Voting In-Person

Visit your local registrar’s office from May 7 to June 18.

Bring an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement.

  • You are required to show one form of identification but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable IDs include any government document that shows your name and address, or a bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck. Find a complete list of acceptable IDs here.
  • If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you will be allowed to vote if you sign an ID statement affirming your identity.

REMINDERS:

  • You do not need to fill out an application or have a reason to vote early in-person.
  • If you need language assistance, it is your right to bring someone (e.g. family, friend, neighbor) into the voting booth with you, as long as they are not your employer or your union representative.

Voting on Election Day

Visit your polling location on Tuesday, June 21, between 6am and 7pm.

Bring an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID confirmation statement.

  • You will need to show one form of identification but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable IDs include any government document that shows your name and address, or a bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck. Find a complete list of acceptable IDs here.
  • If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you will be allowed to vote if you sign an ID statement affirming your identity.

REMINDER: If you need language assistance, it is your right to bring someone (e.g. family, friend, neighbor) into the voting booth with you, as long as they are not your employer or your union representative.

I Vote Because… 1:41

Hamkae Center staff and community members share why we vote!

WE ARE VOTERS 2:39

We asked new, young voters across Virginia why people like them should vote.

Get Involved

Interested in promoting civic engagement in your community? We’re in need of volunteers for the following activities:

Phonebanking

Texting

Have Questions?
Need Help Voting?

Call the following hotlines:

Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, & Bengali: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)