Virginia’s Primary Election will be Tuesday, March 1, as part of what is known nationally as “Super Tuesday.” Local polls will open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters to make their choices – either Democratic or Republican – for the 2016 presidential candidates.
Floyd County voters will go to the usual poll sites, with the exception of Little River District voters, who will now vote at Floyd Elementary School (rather than the former location at the Floyd Rescue Squad building). Voters will present a photo ID and will be asked in which primary (Democratic or Republican) they wish to vote. Votes will be cast on paper ballots, as they were in the November 2015 election.
Poll sites include: for the Locust Grove District, Check Elementary School; Little River District, Floyd Elementary School; Courthouse District, Floyd County High School; Burks Fork District, Willis Elementary School; and Indian Valley District, Indian Valley Elementary School. (Students will not be attending school that day due to the election; teachers will have a workday.)
Other states voting on Super Tuesday include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado (caucus), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota (caucus), North Dakota (Republican caucus), Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming (Republican caucus).
Absentee voting in person at the Registrar’s office will continue through Saturday, February 27. The Registrar’s office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Absentee ballots being mailed must be received by 7 p.m. on March 1.
The Democrat ballot has three candidates: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders.
The Republican ballot has 13 candidates: Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Jim Gilmore, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina.
Several candidates have already suspended their campaigns. One candidate, Republican Lindsey Graham, has officially withdrawn from the campaign, but all of the original names will remain on the ballot, since the ballots had to be printed 60 days in advance.