Although Election Day for the 2022 midterm cycle is a little over 90 days away, early voting has begun in the crucial state of Virginia, where voters can cast their ballots early in several different ways.
As reported by Just The News, Virginians can either vote early and in person at their local general registrar’s office or vote by absentee. Ballots were mailed out Friday. Early voting will continue through November 5.
Election Day is November 8.
The last regularly scheduled primaries took place on September 13, with the northeastern states of Delaware, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire holding their nominating contests for various local and statewide offices, as well as primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
The only state that has not yet held its primaries is Louisiana, which holds its blanket primaries on November 8—the same day as the general election in all of the other 49 states. In Louisiana, all candidates run in the same primary, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to runoff elections on December 10.
In addition, Georgia will hold its own runoff elections for any races in which no candidate wins greater than 50 percent of the vote, with the top-two candidates in any such race facing off on December 6.
Other states will begin their own early voting, primarily through the mailing of absentee ballots, in the coming weeks. At the heart of this year’s midterm elections is the battle for the U.S. Senate, which is currently split evenly between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. While the GOP is widely expected to retake the majority in the House, the Senate remains a toss-up thanks to several close races, with Republicans having to defend more swing seats than the Democrats.