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Chapter 6.
The Election
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  • Article 1.
    General Provisions; Polling Places
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  • § 24.2-600
    Cost of elections
    § 24.2-601
    Town election process
    § 24.2-602
    Exemption for ballots and election materials from certain purchasing and procurement requirements
    § 24.2-603
    Hours polls to be open; closing the polls
    § 24.2-603.1
    Postponement of certain elections; state of emergency
    § 24.2-604
    Polling places; prohibited activities; prohibited area; penalties
    § 24.2-604.1
    Signs for special entrances to polling places
    § 24.2-604.2
    Polling places; prohibited area; emergency situations
    § 24.2-604.3
    Election day page program; high school students
    § 24.2-604.4
    Polling places; authorized representatives of party or candidate; prohibited activities
    § 24.2-604.5
    Polling places; presence of additional persons authorized
    § 24.2-604.6
    Polling places; simulated election activities
    § 24.2-605
    Loudspeakers prohibited at polls; penalty
    § 24.2-606
    Preservation of order at elections
    § 24.2-607
    Prohibited conduct; intimidation of voters; disturbance of election; how prevented; penalties
    § 24.2-608
    Officers to decide order of voting
    § 24.2-609
    Voting booths
    § 24.2-610
    Materials at polling places
    § 24.2-611
    Form and signing of pollbooks; records of persons voting; electronic pollbooks
  • Article 2.
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  • § 24.2-612
    List of offices and candidates filed with Department of Elections and checked for accuracy; when ballots printed; number required
    § 24.2-612.1
    Ballots; death, withdrawal, or disqualification of candidates
    § 24.2-612.2
    (Effective until January 1, 2025) Notice of withdrawal of candidates
    § 24.2-612.2
    (Effective January 1, 2025) Notice of withdrawal of candidates
    § 24.2-613
    Form of ballot
    § 24.2-614
    Preparation and form of presidential election ballots
    § 24.2-615
    Separate questions for proposed constitutional amendments, etc.; uniform ballots
    § 24.2-616
    Duties of printer; statement; penalty
    § 24.2-617
    Representative of electoral board or general registrar to be present at printing; custody of ballots; electoral board or general registrar may disclose contents, style, and size
    § 24.2-618
    Delivery of ballots to electoral board or general registrar; checking and recording number
    § 24.2-619
    Sealing ballots
    § 24.2-620
    Dividing ballots into packages for each precinct; delivery of absentee ballots
    § 24.2-621
    Delivery of packages to officers; opening packages
    § 24.2-622
    Unofficial sample ballots
    § 24.2-623
    Ballot containers to be supplied by governing bodies; construction and custody
    § 24.2-624
    Opening and closing ballot containers; opening polls
  • Article 4.
    Conduct of Election; Election Results
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  • § 24.2-643
    Qualified voter permitted to vote; procedures at polling place; voter identification
    § 24.2-644
    Voting by paper ballot; voting for presidential electors; write-in votes
    § 24.2-645
    Defaced printed ballots
    § 24.2-646
    Voter folds paper ballot and hands same to officer who deposits it unopened in ballot container
    § 24.2-646.1
    Permitted use of paper ballots
    § 24.2-647
    Voting systems; demonstration on election day
    § 24.2-648
    Write-in votes on voting equipment
    § 24.2-649
    Assistance for certain voters inside the polling place; penalties
    § 24.2-649.1
    Assistance for certain voters outside of the polling place
    § 24.2-650
    Officers to sign only official papers, etc.
    § 24.2-651
    Voter who is challenged; how challenge tried
    § 24.2-651.1
    Voter who is shown as having already voted; provisional ballots
    § 24.2-652
    Voter whose name erroneously omitted from pollbook; provisional ballots
    § 24.2-653
    Provisional voting; procedures in polling place
    § 24.2-653.01
    Provisional ballots; electoral boards to make determination as to validity
    § 24.2-653.1
    Voters who did not receive absentee ballots; provisional ballots
    § 24.2-653.2
    Ballots cast after normal close of polling hours due to court-ordered extension; provisional ballots
    § 24.2-653.3
    Voters assigned to split precinct; provisional ballots
    § 24.2-654
    Officers to lock and seal voting equipment and ascertain vote after polls closed; statement of results
    § 24.2-655
    Representatives of political parties and candidates to be present on request
    § 24.2-656
    § 24.2-657
    Determination of vote on voting systems
    § 24.2-658
    Machines with printed return sheets; disposition of sheets
    § 24.2-659
    Locking voting systems after election and delivering keys to clerk; printed returns as evidence
    § 24.2-660
    § 24.2-661
    Detection and setting aside of double ballots
    § 24.2-662
    Procedure when paper ballots exceed names on pollbooks
    § 24.2-663
    When ballot void
    § 24.2-664
    Reduction in number of ballots
    § 24.2-665
    How paper ballots counted
    § 24.2-666
    Procedures to account for paper ballots
    § 24.2-667
    Completion of statement of results
    § 24.2-667.1
    Reporting of results; absentee votes
    § 24.2-668
    Pollbooks, statements of results, and ballots to be sealed and delivered to clerk or general registrar
    § 24.2-669
    Clerk to keep ballots; inspection; destruction
    § 24.2-670
    Clerk to send for books and ballots if not delivered by officers
    § 24.2-671
    Electoral board to meet and ascertain results; conclusiveness of results
    § 24.2-671.1
    § 24.2-671.2
    Risk-limiting audits
    § 24.2-672
    Electoral board to correct irregularities in returns of officers of election
    § 24.2-673
    Candidates having highest number of votes to receive certificate of election
    § 24.2-673.1
    (Expires July 1, 2031) Ranked choice voting
    § 24.2-674
    Determination by lot in case of tie
    § 24.2-675
    Abstracts of votes to be made by secretary and forwarded to State Board and to clerks
    § 24.2-676
    Secretary to make out and deliver certificate of election
    § 24.2-677
    State Board to open and record returns; application of Freedom of Information Act
    § 24.2-678
    Law-enforcement officer to be sent for abstracts not forwarded
    § 24.2-679
    State Board to meet and make statement as to number of votes
    § 24.2-680
    Certificates of election
  • Article 5.
    Special Elections
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  • § 24.2-681
    How special elections superintended and determined
    § 24.2-682
    Times for special elections
    § 24.2-683
    Writ for special election to fill a vacancy
    § 24.2-684
    How referendum elections called and held, and the results ascertained and certified
    § 24.2-684.1
    Requirements for voter petitions to call for referendum elections
    § 24.2-685
    Special elections; request for abolition of constitutional offices
    § 24.2-686
    Special elections; petition and referendum requirements; abolition of constitutional office by change in form of government
    § 24.2-687
    Authorization for distribution of information on referendum elections