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Everything to Know About Virginia’s 4th District’s “Firehouse” Primary

Why Is There An Election for Virginia’s 4th U.S. Congressional District?

After VA-04’s Representative Don McEachin passed away in late November 2022, Governor Youngkin ordered a special election to fill his seat on February 21, 2023. 


Before that election can be held, each party will select a candidate to represent it. These candidates will be selected through a “Firehouse Primary,” which is a contest funded and overseen by a local political party organization


The December 20th Democratic Firehouse Primary is where the Democratic nominee will be selected. 

Why the election?

Where to Vote

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Times: 6:00AM - 7:00PM

Locations (Note, any qualified voter can vote at ANY of these locations on Tuesday, 12/20):

Click any location for directions!

Where to vote

Should You Vote

The answer is yes if you are:

  • A Registered Voter in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District;

  • Willing to sign a form stating you consider yourself a Democrat;

  • And can bring Accepted form of voter ID, including:

    • VA Driver’s License

    • VA DMV-issued ID card

    • Valid public or private employer ID with photo

    • U.S. Military ID

    • Valid Student ID

    • Valid U.S. Passport

    • Voter ID card or confirmation documents

    • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck with voter’s name and address

    • Signed ID confirmation statement

Should You Vote


  • Can I vote by mail in this election?

    • No. All votes for the Democratic Primary must be cast in person on Tuesday, December 20. 

  • Will there be early voting for this election?

    • No. All votes for the Democratic Primary must be cast in person on Tuesday, December 20. 

  • How do I know if I am registered to vote? 

    • You can check your registration information and status here

  • How do I know if I am registered in the 4th U.S. Congressional District?

    • First, check your registration information here. Then, scroll down your voter information page and look for a header labeled “Districts.” Your U.S. Congressional district is labeled “Congressional,” and “04” will appear next to that designation if you are registered in the 4th Congressional District. 

  • Do I need to vote in both the December 20, 2022 election AND the February 21, 2023 election?

    • Yes. The December 20th election will determine who the Democratic candidate is for the February 21, 2023 Special Election. 

    • The race to determine who the winner of the 4th Congressional District Seat will then be determined in the February 21, 2023 Special Election. 

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