The next election is Tuesday, June 23. This is a Primary election for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. There are actually three different ballots in Chesapeake. This is important to know, especially if you plan to vote absentee, which is still a great option for everyone considering the continued COVID-19 concerns.
First of all, let's talk districts. Chesapeake falls into two different Congressional districts (the 3rd and the 4th). Most of Chesapeake is in the 4th district. The northern section of the City (parts of Greenbrier, South Norfolk, Indian River, Western Branch) is in the 3rd district. It's easy to figure out what district you're in by using the interactive voting map.
If you vote in the 3rd Congressional District then you only have one ballot option, the Republican Primary ballot. However, if you vote in the 4th district, there are actually 2 ballots to choose from – a Democratic and a Republican. Regardless of which party you're affiliated with, or you which party you may previously voted for candidates from, you can pick either ballot. But you can pick ONLY one. If you're requesting an absentee ballot online, you'll find the option to pick "2020 June Democratic Primary" or "2020 June Republican Primary".
Be sure you keep deadlines in mind. The deadline to request an absentee ballot online is Tuesday, June 16 and in person it's Saturday, June 20. You can find sample ballots and more election information at CityofChesapeake.net/Vote. You can also call the Voter Registrar's office at 277-9797.