2020 Democratic primary: who’s on the ballot?

Published 1:00 pm Monday, March 2, 2020

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Fourteen Democratic candidates will be listed on the ballot in tomorrow’s presidential primary, but only five remain in the race.

According to The New York Times, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, America’s first openly gay major presidential candidate, suspended his campaign on Sunday following his loss in Saturday’s South Carolina primary to former Vice President Joe Biden. The remaining candidates, including Biden, are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who currently leads with 56 of the 145 Democratic convention delegates allocated so far, compared to Biden’s 48; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Buttigieg, despite suspending his campaign, has amassed 26 delegates during the four primaries that have occurred to-date, with Warren securing eight and Klobuchar securing seven. On Tuesday, a third of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination will be allocated following primary elections in 14 states, including Virginia, as well as the Democrats abroad primary and the American Samoa caucus.

According to Franklin City Voter Registrar Jennifer Maynard, the candidates who have dropped out of the race — which in addition to Buttigieg now include Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet, Tulsi Gabbard, Deval Patrick, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer – haven’t officially notified the Virginia Department of Elections, which is why all 14 candidates remain on the ballot. Votes for candidates who have dropped out will still be counted, she confirmed.

The  Republican Party will not hold a primary on March 3, 2020, and instead decided to choose delegates at a state convention to send to the GOP’s national convention, according to ABC Hampton Roads affiliate WVEC 13NewsNow.

Polls will be open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Virginia, primaries are open to all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation. Voters will need to bring one of the following accepted forms of photo identification:

  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Virginia voter photo ID card
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a public or private school, college or university located in Virginia
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID

Voters without any of these forms of photo ID can get a free voter photo ID at any Virginia voter registration office, including on election day.

Polling locations are as follows: