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Early voting for Virginia’s presidential primary starts Friday

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Early voting for the Virginia Presidential Primary on March 5th will start this Friday and will continue through March 2nd.

Virginia will have a dual presidential primary election, which means both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party will have primaries on the same day.

In a dual primary, officers of election will ask voters if they want to cast their ballot in the Democratic or Republican party primary, a news release said.

All qualified voters may vote in either primary, but voters may not vote in both primaries.

The choice to vote in a party's primary does not mean that the voter will be "registered" with that party.

Virginia does not have party registration, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Six candidates will appear on the Republican primary ballot: Chris Christie, Ryan L. Binkley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Donald J. Trump, Ron D. DeSantis, and Nikki R. Haley.

Three candidates will appear on the Democratic primary ballot: Marianne Williamson, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Dean Benson Phillips.

To vote early in-person, registered voters should go to their registrar’s office, present their ID, and cast their ballot.

Requested absentee ballots will be mailed beginning Friday, including ballots to registered military and overseas voters.

Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot either in-person, by mail, online or by contacting their registrar’s office.

Registered voters do not need a reason to request an absentee ballot, the release said.

In order to return a voted ballot, voters can drop off their absentee ballot at the general registrar’s office or polling location on Election Day.

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before March 5th and received by the registrar before noon on March 8th.

Voters with questions should contact their registrar’s office or the Virginia Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745.

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