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Vote 2012

2012 General Election Ballot Questions

There will be three Constitutional Amendments and three Statewide Referendums and one other question that will appear statewide on the general election ballots. The ballot language will be certified by the Secretary of State on the 3rd Monday in August. Additionally, local ballot questions may appear on the ballot in certain counties. Montgomery County’s 12th Election District will have a local referendum passed by the General Assembly on the ballot.

Statewide Ballot Questions

Constitutional Amendments

Referendums by Petition

Other Statewide Ballot Questions

Local Referendums by General Assembly

Local Ballot Questions



November 6, 2012 General and Special Election

Sample Ballots: WINvote Electronic Ballot | Unisyn Paper Ballot

D=Democrat, R=Republican, C=Constitution Party, L=Libertarian Party, G=Green Party, IG=Independent Green Party, I=Independent

Candidates are listed in the manner and order they will appear on the ballot. Please note that party affiliation does not appear on the ballot for County Board. Also not on the ballot is a designation of incumbent for any office. This information is provided below for your information. According to Virginia law, all School Board candidates run as independents.

President and Vice President of the United States Mitt RomneyPaul Ryan (R) Barack ObamaJoe Biden (D), incumbents Virgil GoodeJim Clymer (C) Gary JohnsonJames P. Gray (L) Jill SteinCheri Honkala (G)
U.S. Senate George F. Allen (R) Timothy M. Kaine (D)
U. S. House of Representatives, 8th District J. Patrick Murrary (R) James P. “Jim” Moran, Jr. (D), incumbent Janet Murphy (IG) Jason Howell (I)
County Board Matthew A. Wavro (R) Libby T. Garvey (D) incumbent Audrey R. Clement (G)
School Board (two seats) Noah L. Simon Emma N. Violand-Sanchez, incumbent

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of Virginia

Section 6, Article IV: Legislative Sessions

Section 11, Article I: Bill of Rights

Arlington County Bond Referenda

The Arlington County Board approved four bond referendum questions to appear on the November ballot:

1. Metro and Transportation – $31.95 million

2. Local Parks and Recreation – $50.55 million

3. Community Infrastructure – $28.31 million

4. Arlington Public Schools – $42.62 million

For more detailed information, see the 2012 General Obligation Bond Referenda Page.




Election Year 2012

The District of Columbia will hold a general election and a special election on November 6, 2012.
The following contests will appear on the ballot for the general election:

    • Electors of President and Vice President of the United States
    • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
    • At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (two to be elected)
    • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
    • At-Large Member of the State Board of Education
    • Ward 2, 4, 7 and 8 Members of the State Board of Education
    • United States Senator (Shadow Senator)
    • United States Representative (Shadow Representative)
    • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (296 to be elected)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment V: Expulsion for Gross Misconduct, D.C. Council (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment VI: Disqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, D.C. Council (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)
    • Proposed Charter Amendment VII: Disqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, Mayor (ballot text as published in the D.C. Register)

    The following contest will appear on the ballot for the special election held on the same day:

    • Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia

Presidents’ Day- Barack Obama

born August 4, 1961 is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.

Following an unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for the United States Senate in 2004. Several events brought him to national attention during the campaign, including his victory in the March 2004 Illinois Democratic primary for the Senate election and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in Illinois in November 2004. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. In October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and the Budget Control Act of 2011. In foreign policy, he ended the war in Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered US involvement in the 2011 Libya military intervention, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In April 2011, Obama declared his intention to seek re-election in the 2012 presidential election.


Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012 (STATUS)

2008 ? January 3, 2012, to present ? 2016

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Candidate Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich
Party Republican Republican
Home state Massachusetts Georgia
Delegate count 104*[1] 34*[1]
States carried 3 1
Popular vote 1,086,093 822,829
Percentage 40.6% 30.8%

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Candidate Ron Paul Rick Santorum
Party Republican Republican
Home state Texas Pennsylvania
Delegate count 20*[1] 48*[1]
States carried 0 4
Popular vote 284,187 381,381
Percentage 10.6% 14.3%

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Results of the 2012 Republican Party primaries and caucuses Orange denotes a state won by Mitt Romney. Purple denotes a state won by Newt Gingrich. Green denotes a state won by Rick Santorum. Grey denotes a state that has not yet started/completed voting. Note that not all states are “winner-take-all”.
*Delegate counts are pledged delegates or those who have committed to support a candidate. This necessarily omits delegates who are not yet supporting a candidate.
Date Location Type Unbound delegates Bound delegates Delegate allocation 1st 2nd 3rd
02012-01-03Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus 28 0 Convention Rick Santorum Mitt Romney Ron Paul
02012-01-10Jan. 10 New Hampshire# Primary (semi-closed) 0 12 Proportional Mitt Romney Ron Paul Jon Huntsman
02012-01-21Jan. 21 South Carolina# Primary (open) 0 25 Winner-take-all (AL) Winner-take-all (CD) Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
02012-01-31Jan. 31 Florida# Primary (closed) 0 50 Winner-take-all Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich Rick Santorum
02012-02-04Feb. 4 Nevada Caucus 0 28 Proportional Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
02012-02-07Feb. 7 Colorado Caucus 36 0 Convention Rick Santorum Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich
Minnesota Caucus 40 0 N/Aa Rick Santorum Ron Paul Mitt Romney
Missouri Primary (nonbinding)b 0 0 N/A Rick Santorum Mitt Romney Ron Paul
02012-02-11Feb. 11 Maine Caucus 24 0 Convention
02012-02-28Feb. 28 Arizona# Primary (closed) 0 29 Winner-take-all
Michigan# Primary (closed)c 0 30 Proportional (AL) Winner-take-all (CD)
02012-03-03Mar. 3 Washington Caucus 3 40 Conventiond
02012-03-06Mar. 6 Alaska Caucus 3 24 Proportional
Georgia Primary (open) 0 76 Proportional
Idaho Caucus 0 32 Proportional
Massachusetts Primary (semi-closed) 3 38 Proportional
North Dakota Caucus 28 0 N/A
Ohio Primary (semi-closed) 3 63 Proportional (AL)e Winner-take-all (CD)
Oklahoma Primary (closed) 3 40 Proportionale
Tennessee Primary (open) 3 55 Proportionalf
Vermont Primary (open) 0 17 Proportional (AL)e Winner-take-all (CD)
Virginia Primary (open) 3 46 Proportional (AL)e Winner-take-all (CD)
02012-03-07Mar. 7Mar. 6–10 Wyoming Caucus 29 0 N/A
02012-03-10Mar. 10 Kansas Caucus 0 40 Proportional (AL) Winner-take-all (CD)
U.S. Virgin Islands Caucus 9 0 N/Ag
Guam Caucus 9 0 N/Ag
02012-03-13Mar. 13 Alabama Primary (open) 3 47 Proportionale
American Samoa Caucus 9 0 N/Aa
Hawaii Caucus 3 17 Proportional
Mississippi Primary (open) 3 37 Proportional
02012-03-17Mar. 17 Missouri Caucus 0 52 Conventiond
02012-03-18Mar. 18 Puerto Rico Primary (open) 3 20 Winner-take-all
02012-03-20Mar. 20 Illinois Primary (open) 69 0 N/A
02012-03-24Mar. 24 Louisiana Primary (closed) 21 25 Proportional (AL) Unbound (CD)
02012-04-03Apr. 3 Maryland Primary (closed) 0 37 Winner-take-all
Texas Primary (open) 0 155 Proportional
Washington, D.C. Primary (closed) 3 16 Winner-take-all
Wisconsin Primary (open) 3 39 Winner-take-all
02012-04-24Apr. 24 Connecticut Primary (closed) 3 25 Proportional (AL)e Winner-take-all (CD)
Delaware Primary (closed) 0 17 Winner-take-all
New York Primary (closed) 3 92 Proportionale
Pennsylvania Primary (closed) 72 0 N/A
Rhode Island Primary (semi-closed) 3 16 Proportional
02012-05-08May 8 Indiana Primary (open) 19 27 Winner-take-all (CD) Unbound (AL)
North Carolina Primary (semi-closed) 0 55 Proportional
West Virginia Primary (semi-closed) 3 28 Proportional
02012-05-15May 15 Nebraska Primary (nonbinding)b 3 32 Conventiond
Oregon Primary (closed) 3 25 Proportional
02012-05-22May 22 Arkansas Primary (open) 3 33 Proportionale
Kentucky Primary (closed) 3 42 Proportional
02012-06-05Jun. 5 California Primary (closed) 3 169 Winner-take-all
Montana Primary (nonbinding)b 26 0 N/A
New Jersey Primary (semi-closed) 0 50 Winner-take-all
New Mexico Primary (closed) 3 20 Proportional
South Dakota Primary (closed) 3 25 Proportional
02012-06-26Jun. 26 Utah Primary (semi-closed) 0 40 Winner-take-all
02012-07-31Jul. 31 Northern Mariana Is. Caucus 9 0 N/A



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Jon Huntsman

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Rick Perry

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Michele Bachmann

Home state Massachusetts Georgia Pennsylvania Texas Utah Texas Minnesota
Secured delegates[64] 90 31 4 8 2 0 0
Total votes[65] 833,087 (27.8%) 323,209 (10.8%) 1,174,794 (39.2%) 547,497 (18.3%) 26,143 (0.9%) 51,166 (1.7%) 12,571 (0.4%)
States – 1st place New Hampshire Florida Nevada South Carolina Iowa Colorado Minnesota Missouri (primary)
States – 2nd place South Carolina Iowa Missouri (primary) Colorado Florida Nevada New Hampshire Minnesota
States – 3rd place Minnesota Colorado South Carolina Florida Iowa Nevada Missouri (primary) New Hampshire
Suspension date January 16, 2012 January 19, 2012 January 4, 2012


Republican primaries and caucuses calendar 2012

January 2012 (4)
February 2012 (7)
March 2012 (23)
April 2012 (9)
May 2012 (7)
June 2012 (6)