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NUMBER FIFTY-SIX (2020)
POSTPONING JUNE 9, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION TO JUNE 23, 2020
DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Importance of the Issue
The Commonwealth continues to respond to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The actions we take now will help protect the health and safety of our citizens for months to come. These actions include when to hold our elections. Voting is a fundamental right and no one should have to choose between their health and safety and their right to vote.
To continue with the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and in furtherance of Executive Orders 51 (March 12, 2020), 53 (March 23, 2020), and 55 (March 28, 2020), and by virtue of the authority vested in me by § 24.2-603.1 of the Code of Virginia, I order the following:
The State Board of Elections shall prescribe appropriate procedures to implement the provisions of this section pursuant to § 24.2-603.1 of the Code of Virginia.
Effective Date of this Executive Order
This Executive Order shall be effective on April 13, 2020 and shall remain in full force and effect unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 13th day of April 2020.