The 2016 election in Rappahannock



We’re still months away from the Big Vote this fall, but several key election-related events will happen in February and March. A rundown from Rappahannock County Director of Elections Kimberly McKiernan:

The Dual Presidential Primary: Currently, the next election in Rappahannock County is the March 1 Dual Presidential Primary.

For voters who may not have voted in a primary like this before, there will be two ballots. Only one ballot can be voted by a voter. Voters will be discreetly asked which ballot they would like, Democratic or Republican. The Republican Party has requested that voters who vote the Republican Ballot take an oath/pledge in accordance with Section 24.2-545 of the Code of Virginia. Voters who refuse to take the pledge will not be able to vote the Republican ballot. When submitting an application to vote absentee, voters will be required to note their political party and therefore the ballot they will vote. A signed oath/pledge will be required to be returned with the Republican ballot for the ballot to be counted.

Note: Republican candidate Lindsay Graham has officially withdrawn from the 2016 Presidential Election, however the withdrawal was executed after ballots were printed. Please be aware that he is no longer a viable candidate when voting your ballot.


Voter registration: Closes Feb. 8, 2016. Please be sure to register, update your registration, or transfer from another locality (if you have moved into Rappahannock County) before this date.

Absentee voting: Absentee Ballot Applications can be submitted any time and can now be submitted online. Ballots were mailed out to absentee voters who have submitted an application beginning Jan. 14. In person Absentee Voting began on Tuesday (Jan. 19) because of the holiday and part-time office hours. Please be sure to bring photo identification. Absentee ballot applications may also be printed, completed, signed and faxed to us at 540-675-5381 or scanned and emailed to us at

  • 2015-2016 Elections Notice: Absent Uniformed-Service and Overseas Citizens Eligible to Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and may also be eligible to receive ballots via email. For more information, please go to the State Department of Elections website at and select the ‘Absentee Voting’ option.

Part-time office hours: Our office is one of only 16 out of 133 localities to still be declared “part time.” We will only be open three days a week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please contact your representative(s) now in support of equal access to all voters statewide as this will be addressed over the next several months.

For more information: 540-675-5380 or

Help wanted: Our election officials are a critical part of making it possible for the voters of Rappahannock County to cast their votes! We are always in need of election officials, as we like to ensure they are trained and ready to work at upcoming elections. The upcoming presidential primary is a great opportunity for new election officials to practice for the presidential election. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact us at 540-675-5380 or complete the online form at the Department of Elections:


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