Meetings and Events
Currently we meet the second Thursday of every month, at the restaurant inside the Renaissance Hotel Restaurant, on the Portsmouth waterfront, at 425 Water Street.
Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
You can come early at 6:00 to order from their menu or come at 7:00 and order.
A menu purchase is not required to attend the meeting.
Email us at PortsmouthRP@gmail.com
May 8th RPV Unassembled Convention
to elect the Republican Candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General
If you are a Portsmouth resident and want to vote on May 8th you must have registered to be a Delegate by the April 17th deadline. If you did not pre-register, you will not be able to vote.
The voting location for Portsmouth residents
will be at Lake Drummond Masonic Lodge
509 George Washington Highway
Questions? Email us at PortsmouthRP@gmail.com
*Delegates who have religious obligations on May 8th will be allowed to vote early
on Friday, May 7th, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Norfolk at 925 W. 21st Street but you must file the "Religious Obligation" form by May 4, 2021.
The “Religious Obligation “ form can be found on the RPV website - under 2021 Nominations page - at the bottom of the page - Helpful resources - third link from bottom) and file it with Miki Miller via email at Msqurd2@aol.com- by May 4, 2021.
Or click here for the Religious Obligation Form
You must provide a picture ID in order to vote.
Please wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.
Please be advised that rank choice voting will be used. (See explanation as follows.)
Delegates will rank-choice Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General candidates.
Why rank choice voting?
The convention requires nominees to get 50% plus 1 to win. So, candidates cannot win on a plurality of votes cast, as with a primary in Virginia.
Because we are not in a large convention hall and are voting at remote locations, we must have people rank their first, 2nd or third choice when candidates who do not meet a certain threshold are eliminated after the first round.
HOW TO MARK A BALLOT
For voters, marking a ranked choice voting ballot is simple. Voters rank their choices in order of preference – 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on.
Select a first choice candidate by completely filling in the oval next to the candidate’s 1. name in the FIRST CHOICE column.
If you have a second choice candidate, completely fill in the oval next to that candidate’s 2. name in the SECOND CHOICE column.
If you have a third choice candidate, completely fill in the oval next to that candidate’s 3. name in the THIRD CHOICE column.
Note You do not have to have a 2nd or third choice.
If your ballot allows more than the three rankings in the examples below, you can continue to rank candidates until you run out of allowable rankings, or you run out of candidates.
Here are some important points about correctly marking a ranked choice voting ballot:
Make only one choice per column.•
Do not skip columns.•
You may rank as few candidates as you would like.•
You may rank as many candidates as are allowed.•
A ballot will be counted for the first choice candidate as long as that candidate is not eliminated in a round of voting (the candidate with the fewest votes in each round is eliminated). Your second choice will only come into play if your first choice is eliminated. The same is true down the line.
If the first choice candidate is eliminated, the second and third choices cannot be • considered, as they are duplication, a ballot will be counted for the first choice candidate as long as that candidate is not eliminated in a round of voting (the candidate with the fewest votes in each round is eliminated). Your second choice will only come into play if your first choice is eliminated. The same is true down the line.
So, say you rank your ballot as follows:
George Washington - 1st Choice
Thomas Jefferson - 2nd Choice
Alexander Hamilton - 3rd Choice
John Adams - 4th Choice
In the first round, the results are
George Washington - 100
Thomas Jefferson - 25
Alexander Hamilton - 50
John Adams - 24
Your ballot was part of George Washington's 100 votes.
For the second round, John Adams, the low vote-getter is eliminated
The second round results are:
George Washington - 100 + 1 = 101
Thomas Jefferson - 25 + 20 = 45
Alexander Hamilton - 50 + 3 = 53
(You can see that each candidate picked up some votes because they were the second choice listed on ballots that had ranked John Adams first)
Your ballot was part of George Washington's 101 votes.
For the third round, Thomas Jefferson, the low vote-getter is eliminated
The third round results are:
George Washington 101 + 1 = 102
Alexander Hamilton - 53 + 44 = 97
(You can see that George Washington was the next choice on one Thomas Jefferson ballot and Alexander Hamilton was the next choice on 44 Thomas Jefferson ballots)
George Washington has a majority and wins.
Your ballot was counted for your first choice for every round because George Washington was never eliminated.
Say that instead, your ballot had been
John Adams - 1st Choice
Thomas Jefferson - 2d Choice
Alexander Hamilton - 3d Choice
George Washington - 4th Choice
For this ballot, John Adams would get your vote in the first round. Because he was eliminated in the second round, Thomas Jefferson would get your vote. Because he was eliminated in the third round, Alexander Hamilton would get your vote.
If you had marked your ballot only with John Adams as your first choice, you ballot would not be counted in any subsequent round because Adams was the first to be eliminated.
For further explanation of rank choice voting, please go to:
which is also accessible at:
Thank you for participating as a Delegate!
Portsmouth Republican Party