Deadline approaches for Virginia candidates to file forms to qualify for inclusion in November’s General Election

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The deadline for candidates to submit paperwork to be included in ballots for November’s General Election is quickly approaching.

That deadline is Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.

Candidates nominated by a non-primary method must file the Certificate of Candidate Qualification and the Statement of Economic Interests.

Independent candidates must also file Petitions of Qualified Voters and Declaration of Candidacy forms by the same deadline.

Under § 24.2-504 Code of Virginia, these requirements must be met in order for a candidate’s name to be printed on the ballot for the November 2021 General Election.

The Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia State Board of Elections to grant an extension of the deadline for filing either the Certificate of Candidate Qualifications or Statement of Economic Interests or both.

“In the past, due to the failure of multiple candidates to comply with the law’s requirements, the State Board has granted such extension. However, as I have made clear earlier this year, there is no assurance the Board will grant an extension of the deadline in the future.”

Robert Brink, Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections

A candidate who has any questions about filing these forms can consult the Candidate Bulletins on the Virginia Department of Elections website by clicking here.

Voters who have questions about elections may call the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9746, email the department at or visit the Department of Elections website by clicking here.

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