FORT LEE, Va. (July 21, 2011) -- On Aug. 23, Virginia will hold its 2011 primaries for local and General Assembly offices.

Registered voters in Virginia or those who believe they may be eligible to vote in the commonwealth and are a member of the uniformed service on active duty, a member of the Merchant Marines, a Virginia resident currently residing overseas, or a spouse of one of the above should visit the following link for more information: https://forums.army.mil/communitybrowser.aspx?id=1501842&lang=en-US.

Voters and potential voters may also contact the Virginia State Board of Elections at 800-552-9745 or their local voting registrar's office.

District lines have been redrawn and recent changes might have changed what local, state Senate or House of Delegates district in which voters cast their ballots. Voters can visit the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov to determine if redistricting has affected them.

The website can also help residents verify if they are eligible to vote in one of the upcoming primaries. Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act voters also may be eligible to register for an absentee ballot for the primary and future elections. Applications for absentee ballots and the Federal Post Card Applications continue to be accepted for the primary election. Also, Virginia residents eligible for voter registration may be eligible to register to vote and request an absentee ballot simultaneously for any Aug. 23 primary races.

UOCAVA voters who have applied to receive an absentee ballot automatically for races in which they are an eligible voter should have received an absentee ballot by July 8 for the eligible primary races (including political party primaries). They should receive a ballot by email or mail, depending on the option selected for the ongoing absentee ballot.

Voters who are unsure about their status as ongoing absentee voters should email info@sbe.virginia.gov for help.

Absentee ballots were to be available on July 8, and all eligible ongoing absentee voter ballots were sent on that date or before. For a more detailed guide and additional information, see the Virginia State Board of Elections' release for Absentee Voting for Military Personnel, their families and Overseas Voters: www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Absentee_Voting/Military_Overseas_Citizens/.