(WVVA) - In his Wednesday address to the Commonwealth, Governor Ralph Northam proposed that May General Elections, as well as June's primary election, be postponed.
Governor Northam will need the Virginia General Assembly to approve his plan of moving all General and special elections scheduled for May 5, 2020 to November 3, 2020.
The Governor will exercise his statutory power to move the primary election from June 9 to June 23, 2020.
"Voting is a fundamental right. But, no one should have to choose between protecting their health or casting a ballot," he said. "Holding in-person elections right would put the voters and our election workers at risk."
His plan also calls for all absentee ballots already cast to be discarded.
In addition, officials whose terms expire at the end of June would continue to serve until a successor could be elected in November.