PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia is holding a General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The races on the ballot include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates, in addition to some local offices.

See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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Important Dates:

If you need to register to vote, or apply for a ballot online, you can do both using the online Citizen Portal. Reminder: If you’re voting absentee, don’t forget to include a witness signature. That signature is once again required because the Virginia state of emergency is lifted.

On election day, polls are open in Virginia from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

There are also elections in North Carolina. To see if your county has contested races, use this Voter Tool. In North Carolina, polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.



Terry McAuliffe (D) and Glenn Youngkin (R) are running for governor of Virginia. Incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) cannot seek re-election due to term limits in the Commonwealth. However, a former governor is allowed to run for a second term in a future election, which is what McAuliffe is doing. He served as governor of Virginia from 2014 until 2018.

Lt. Governor

Hala Ayala (D) and Winsome Sears (R) are running in the general election for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Attorney General

Incumbent Mark Herring (D) and Jason Miyares (R) are running in the election for Virginia Attorney General.

There are several House of Delegate seats up for grabs. Click here to view the complete list of WAVY.com Candidate Profiles.

Local Races

There are several contested local races on the November 2 ballot, meaning there is more than one candidate.

Accomack County residents will be voting for a new Town Council Member in Parksley. Both the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Treasurer seats are up for grabs in Chesapeake. Emporia will also be voting for a Treasurer.

Gloucester County has several contested races, including Board of Supervisors At-Large, Board of Supervisors and School Board in the Petsworth District and School Board in the York District.

Isle of Wight County will be voting for a School Board Member in both the Carrsville and Hardy districts. And James City County has an open School Board seat.

In Norfolk, three candidates are running for Commissioner of Revenue, including incumbent Blythe Scott. And in the race for Norfolk Sheriff, Neil Bradley Jr. is vying to unseat Joseph “Joe” Baron.

Northampton County, Va. will be voting for Member Town Council (Special) in Cape Charles, along with Board of Supervisors for Districts 1,2 and 3.

When Portsmouth voters go to the polls, they will vote for City County and School Board members. In the race for Sheriff, they will choose between Stan Davis or incumbent Michael Moore.

Suffolk has three contested races: for Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer and School Board-Sleepy Hole Borough.

And in Virginia Beach, voters will select candidate Ben Loyola or incumbent Philip Kellam for Commissioner of Revenue. And Antonio Passaro Jr. is running against Ken Stolle, who is serving his third term as Sheriff of Virginia Beach.


Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has a referendum on the November 2 ballot pertaining to flood prevention measures. Approving it would allow the city to fund and fast-track 21 flooding and stormwater projects to address these ongoing flooding issues. If approved, the City of Virginia Beach would issue general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $567.5 million.

The Bond Referendum States:

Shall the City of Virginia Beach issue general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $567,500,000 pursuant to the City Charter and the Public Finance Act to fund the design and construction of flood mitigation measures as part of a comprehensive flood protection program that includes the following Phase 1 projects: Chubb Lake / Lake Bradford Outfall, Church Point/Thoroughgood Drainage Improvements, Central Resort District – 24th Street Culvert, Central Resort District Drainage Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive – Elevate Lynnhaven Drive, Eastern Shore Drive – Phase 1, Section 1F Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive – Phase 1, Section 1G Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive – Poinciana Pump Station, First Colonial Road & Oceana Boulevard Drainage Improvements, Princess Anne Plaza Golf Course Conversion, Princess Anne Plaza North London Bridge Creek Tide Gate, Barriers, and Pump Station, Pungo Ferry Road Improvements, Sandbridge/New Bridge Intersection Improvements, Seatack Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, Stormwater Green Infrastructure, The Lakes – Flood Barriers, The Lakes – Holland Road Gate, West Neck Creek Bridge Replacement, Windsor Woods – Thalia Creek/Lake Trashmore Improvements, Windsor Woods Flood Barriers, and Windsor Woods Pump Station?


Voters in Emporia will see two Referendums on the ballot.

  • OffTrack Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Emporia at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia? 
  • Pari-Mutuel Wagering:  Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in the City of Emporia at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?