Historic Triangle to vote in two primaries Tuesday

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Voters exit the JCC Recreation Center, which served as a polling place for the presidential primary March 1, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
Voters exit the JCC Recreation Center, which served as a polling place for the presidential primary March 1, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)

In less than a week, Historic Triangle residents will be casting ballots in two primary elections.

On Tuesday, all York County and City of Williamsburg residents — as well as some James City County residents — will be able to vote for a Republican candidate to face off against Democrat Shaun Brown in the November general election for the Virginia 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This is the first year the Historic Triangle is voting for a 2nd District representative. Electoral district boundaries were redrawn for the 3rd Congressional District after it was found they had been gerrymandered, or drawn to benefit a particular group of people.

The changes impacted the 1st Congressional District, which had encompassed most of the Historic Triangle. Now most residents will vote in the 2nd Congressional District.

Additionally, City of Williamsburg residents and some James City County and York County residents will vote for a Democratic candidate to take on a Republican nominee in November for the 1st District seat in the Virginia Senate.

The seat was held by the late Sen. John Miller, who died in April. A special election was called April 12.

The Republican Party of Virginia will nominate a candidate during a party canvass on June 11.

How to Vote

In York County, voters in the Queens Lake precinct, which includes residents who vote at Queens Lake Middle School, and most voters in the Magruder precinct, which includes residents who vote at the Griffin-Yeates Center, can cast ballots in the 1st District Senate race. Residents in the Magruder precinct are encouraged to look up their address on the state elections website to confirm they are voting in this primary.

Voters who cast ballots at the following polling places in James City County can vote in one of the primaries:

Precinct
U.S. 2nd Congressional
District (Republican)
VA 1st Senate
District
(Democratic)
Berkeley D (0104)
JCC Fire Admin. Building
Yes No
Jamestown A (0201)
Legacy Hall
Yes Yes
Jamestown B (0202)
JCC Recreation Center
Yes – partial Yes
Powhatan B (0302)
Lafayette High School
No Yes
Powhatan D (0304)
Warhill High School
No Yes
Roberts A (0501)
James River Elementary
Yes Yes
Roberts B (0502)
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
Yes No
Roberts C (0503)
Grace Baptist Church
Yes Yes
Roberts D (0504)
Rawls Byrd Elementary
Yes – partial No

Chart courtesy of James City County

Virginia residents are not required to register to vote by party affiliation, but they must indicate their party preference at the polls to receive the correct ballot. Residents may only vote in either the Republican contest for the 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat or the Democratic contest for the 1st District Senate seat.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 14. Voters must bring a valid photo ID, which could be a Virginia driver’s license or another government ID.

Residents who cannot vote on Election Day may vote in person at their local registrar’s office between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. The last day for in-person absentee voting is June 11. The registrar’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

The James City County registrar’s office is located at 101-E Mounts Bay Road. The York County registrar’s office is at 224 Ballard St. and the City of Williamsburg registrar’s office is at 401 Lafayette St.