City of Charlottesville Ten Year Election Calendar & Schedule

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City of Charlottesville Ten Year Election Calendar & Schedule.

  • General Elections are 22 days before election
  • Primary Elections are 22 days before election
  • Special Elections are 14 days before election
  • Special Elections (Called by the Governor) are 7 days before election
Main article: Election


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Rely on the Virginia Department of Elections and local election offices for accurate election information.

When are elections held?

  • June: Primary - Second Tuesday of June (if called) - Primary Elections are held to assist the two major political parties (Democratic and Republican) in selecting their nominees for offices on the General Election Ballot. In Virginia, primaries for offices elected in November are normally held on the second Tuesday in June. A registered voter can vote in any primary election held in their precinct. If both parties are holding primaries, the voter can only vote in one party’s primary. [need citation]
  • November: General Election - First Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
  • Special Elections[1] are held for a special purpose that is not regularly scheduled, such as to fill an office vacancy or for ballot questions. In Virginia all Special Elections are held on Tuesdays, often at the same time as a General Election. A Special Election cannot be held on the same date as a primary election.
  • March: In presidential election years, presidential primaries are held on the first Tuesday in March.

Off-year, off-off-year & odd-year elections

  • Unlike most cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, elections in Charlottesville, Axandria, Buena Vista, and Falls Church take place during odd-numbered. years[2][3][4][5]
  • In 2017, Virginia was one of only two — New Jersey being the other — to elect a new governor.[6]
  • Virginia is one of only five states in the U.S. to hold its statewide elections in years that do not coincide with a presidential or congressional mid-term election.[7] Every four years on the odd-numbered year after the presidential elections, Virginia and New Jersey hold elections for Governor (Virginia also elects its Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General as well). They are the only states to hold such elections at this time. These are called “off-off-year” elections because they occur two-cycles off the presidential election cycle (presidential election years being the “on” year elections, mid-term election years being the “off” year elections, and odd-year elections being the “off-off” year elections).[8]

How frequently are elections held in the City of Charlottesville for each office?

Local offices

Seal of the City of Charlottesville
  • Member City Council - Every two years, odd numbered years (staggered 4-year terms for the 5 members)[9]
  • Member City School Board - Every two years, odd numbered years (staggered 4-year terms for the 7 members)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Directors (Thomas Jefferson District) - every four years, odd numbered years (year before presidential)

Local Constitutional offices (five)

  1. Sheriff - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after Presidential Election)
  2. Treasurer - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after Presidential Election)
  3. Commissioner of Revenue - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after Presidential Election)
  4. Commonwealth's Attorney - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after Presidential Election)
  5. Clerk of the Circuit Court - Every eight years, odd numbered years (before every other Presidential Election)

Virginia State Offices

Seal of Virginia
  • General Assembly:
    • Senate of Virginia, 25th District - Every four years, odd numbered years (year before presidential election)
    • Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District - Every two years, odd numbered years
  • Attorney General of Virginia - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after presidential election)
  • Lieutenant Governor - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after presidential election)
  • Governor - Every four years, odd numbered years (year after presidential election)

Federal Offices

Great Seal of the United States
  • United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia - Every two years, even numbered years
  • United States Senate - Every six years, even numbered years (staggered terms for the two Senators)
  • President - Every four years, even numbered years (leap years)

Definitions

  • "Election" means a general, primary, or special election.[10]
  • "General election" means an election held in the Commonwealth on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November or on the first Tuesday in May for the purpose of filling offices regularly scheduled by law to be filled at those times.
  • "Precinct" means the territory designated by the governing body of a county, city, or town to be served by one polling place.
  • "Primary" or "primary election" means an election held for the purpose of selecting a candidate to be the nominee of a political party for election to office.
  • "Referendum" means any election held pursuant to law to submit a question to the voters for approval or rejection.
  • "Special election" means any election that is held pursuant to law to fill a vacancy in office or to hold a referendum.

Political party registration

  • Virginia residents do not register by party.[11] Virginia utilizes a hybrid primary process in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Election Calendar & Office Term

YEAR PRIMARY ELECTION GENERAL ELECTION TYPE OFFICE TERM
2018 N/A November 6, 2018 Special City Special Election: City School Board (1 seat: remainder of term ending 12/31/2019) remainder
2018 N/A November 6, 2018 State State Constitutional Amendments (put on ballot after passage by two sessions of the Virginia General Assembly) NA
2018 June 12, 2018 November 6, 2018 State United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia (Garrett's seat) 2-year
2018 June 12, 2018 November 6, 2018 State United States Senate (Kane’s seat) 6-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 Local City Council (3 seats: Bellamy’s, Galvin’s and Signer’s) 4-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 Local City Constitutional Officer: Clerk of Court (Dugger's seat) 8-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 Local City School Board (4 seats: Bryant's, Kraft's, Laufer's, McKeever's) 4-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 Local Soil & Water Conservation District Director (2 seats: Thompson's and Tingley's) 4-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District (Toscano's seat) 2-year
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 State Senate of Virginia, 25th District (R. Creigh Deeds) 4-year
2020 June 9, 2020 November 3, 2020 Federal United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia (Riggleman's seat) 2-year
2020 June 9, 2020 November 3, 2020 Federal United States Senate (Warner’s seat) 6-year
2020 March 3, 2020 November 3, 2020 Federal Presidential 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 Local City Council (2 seats: Walker’s and Hill’s) 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 Local City Constitutional Officers (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 Local City School Board (3 seats: Larson-Torres’, Puryear’s, Wade’s) 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District 2-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 State Attorney General of Virginia (Herring's seat*) 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 State Lieutenant Governor 4-year
2021 TBD November 2, 2021 State Governor 4-year
2022 June 14, 2022 November 8, 2022 Federal United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia 2-year
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 Local City Council (3 seats) 4-year
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 Local City School Board (4 seats) 4-year
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 Local Soil & Water Conservation District Director 4-year
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District 2-year
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 State Senate of Virginia, 25th District 4-year
2024 June 11, 2024 November 5, 2024 Federal United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia 2-year
2024 June 11, 2024 November 5, 2024 Federal United States Senate (Kane’s seat) 6-year
2024 March 2024 November 5, 2024 Federal Presidential 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 Local City Council (2 seats) 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 Local City Constitutional Officers (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 Local City School Board (3 seats) 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District 2-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 State Attorney General of Virginia 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 State Lieutenant Governor 4-year
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 State Governor 4-year
2026 June 9, 2026 November 3, 2026 Federal United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia 2-year
2026 June 9, 2026 November 3, 2026 Federal United States Senate 6-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 Local City Council (3 seats) 4-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 Local City Constitutional Officer: Clerk of Court 8-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 Local City School Board (4 seats) 4-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 Local Soil & Water Conservation District Director 4-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District 2-year
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 State Senate of Virginia, 25th District 4-year
2028 June 2028 November 7, 2028 Federal United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia 2-year
2028 March 2028 November 7, 2028 Federal Presidential 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 Local City Council (3 seats) 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 Local City School Board (3 seats) 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 Local City Constitutional Officers (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 State Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District 2-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 State Attorney General of Virginia 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 State Lieutenant Governor 4-year
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 State Governor 4-year

Election Calendar

(Please note that while this may be the latest information taken from the City of Charlottesville website, the dates and details are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the candidate seeking election and voter to verify the accuracy of the information.)

YEAR PRIMARY ELECTION(S) GENERAL ELECTION OFFICE
2018 June 12, 2018 November 6, 2018 Special Election School Board (1 seat: remainder of term ending 12/31/2019); State Constitutional Amendments (put on ballot after passage by two sessions of the Virginia General Assembly; United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia; U.S. Senate (Kane’s seat)
2019 June 11, 2019 November 5, 2019 City Council (3 seats: Bellamy’s, Galvin’s and Signer’s); Clerk of Court (Dugger's seat); City School Board (4 seats: Bryant's, Kraft, Laufer's, McKeever's); Soil & Water Conservation District Director; Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District (Toscano's seat); Senate of Virginia, 25th District (R. Creigh Deeds).
2020 March 3, 2020 & June 9, 2020 November 3, 2020 United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia; U.S. Senate (Warner’s seat); U.S. Presidential
2021 June 8, 2021 November 2, 2021 City Council (2 seats: Walker’s and Hill’s); City Constitutional Offices (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney; City School Board (3 seats: Larson-Torres’, Puryear’s, Wade’s); Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; Attorney General of Virginia (Herring's seat*); Lieutenant Governor; Governor
2022 June 14, 2022 November 8, 2022 United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia
2023 June 13, 2023 November 7, 2023 City Council (3 seats); City School Board (4 seats); Soil & Water Conservation District Director; Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; State Senate
2024 March 5, 2024 & June 11, 2024 November 5, 2024 United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia; U.S. Senate (Kane’s seat); U.S. Presidential
2025 June 10, 2025 November 4, 2025 City Council (2 seats); City Constitutional Offices (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney; City School Board (3 seats); Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; Attorney General of Virginia; Lieutenant Governor; Governor
2026 June 9, 2026 November 3, 2026 United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia; U.S. Senate
2027 June 8, 2027 November 2, 2027 City Council (3 seats); Clerk of Court; City School Board (4 seats); Soil & Water Conservation District Director; Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; Senate of Virginia, 25th District
2028 June 2028 November 7, 2028 United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District of Virginia; U.S. Presidential
2029 June 2029 November 6, 2029 City Constitutional Offices (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney; City School Board (3 seats); Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; Attorney General of Virginia; Lieutenant Governor; Governor

What are the basic qualifications to be a candidate?

  • Resident of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.
  • Resident of the county, city, or town in which you are trying to run for office.
  • Registered to vote in the county, city, or town in which you are trying to run for office.

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