What You Need to Know for the Primary

The Republicans have chosen their nominees, selecting Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshain, but next week the Democrats will take the spotlight as they head to the polls to select their representatives for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.  While the Republicans used a convention to decide, the Democrats will be decided using a primary election held on June 11th to select their state-wide candidates.

Terry McAuliffe is the presumptive nominee for Governor, but the race is on for the nomination for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  Ralph Northam and Aneesh Chopra are battling it out for Lt. Governor, while voters will decide between Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax for Attorney General. 

Virginia has an open primary system, meaning any qualified voter can vote in the Democratic primary.  This is because Virginians don’t identify a party when they register, but they must choose between voting in the Democratic or Republican primary, not both.  There is still time to apply for an absentee ballot if you can’t make it to the polls, the deadline is June 4th by mail and June 8th in person.  Virginia only allows absentee voting with an approved excuse.

Polls will be open 6am to 7pm June 11th.


According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.  There are two categories of intellectual property: industrial property and copyright.  Industrial property includes inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographic indications of source.  Copyright includes literary and artistic works. 

Why should Virginians care about intellectual property?  It supports the economic prosperity of Virginia and protects the innovations of Virginia’s engineers, inventors, scientists and artists.  According to a study by the Global Intellectual Property Center, intellectual property supports 1.36 million jobs, or 42% of Virginia’s private sector jobs.  IP intensive companies pay 32% higher wages than non IP companies and from 2009-2011, 112,208 jobs were created by IP exports.  Intellectual property protection creates jobs for Virginia – and that is reason to celebrate! 




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