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Virginia state elections


Michael Watts

Staff writer

On November 8, elections for the office of Virginia State Senator were held. Each of the state’s 40 senators ran for election. Every selected member runs for four-year terms. This year’s election was the state’s first election applying its newly revised legislation maps. The growth and shifts in the state’s population caused the state to redraw its legislative borders and replaced the 2010 record. The Virginia General Assembly was given the task for the redistricting process. Virginia’s 40 senate seats composed of individual-member legislative districts.

Virginia was one of the four states that held 2011 senate elections. The other three states that held their state elections are New Jersey, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Virginia’s primary election was rescheduled from its accepted date, June 14, to August 23 in order to set aside some time for legislative redistricting. Candidates who desired to run for the Virginia State Senate were required to submit their petitions or candidate filing fees by June 15.