About the Virginia Elections Database
In 2015, the Virginia Department of Elections created this database in order to provide an easy way for the general public to access, explore, and analyze the entire electoral history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our mission is to consolidate into one searchable platform every candidate contest and ballot question that has been reported to the Department of Elections (or its precursor, the State Board of Elections). This requires a process of ongoing data inventory and extraction among a variety of historical primary sources and compilations. As we look at documents further back in time, the record becomes less comprehensive and more prone to gaps. For this reason, we have created an inventory table below to help visitors understand which contests are available as of today. The “Notes” column provides some additional detail about what data limitations one may find.
1924 to present
U.S. Senate and U.S. House data begins in 1930. Constitutional Convention data is for 1956 only.
1925 to present
Senate of Virginia
1947 to present
Clerk of Court
2000 to present
Soil and Water Conservation Director
1947-1968, 2000 to present
Before 2000, only a limited range of official records show results for this office.
2000 to present
Board of Supervisors 2000 data is limited. Town Recorder data is generally limited.
We are currently working with Prof. Charles Kromkowski at University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) in order to bring in total results for all state and federal candidate contests going back to 1776. We hope to have this data imported by May 2017.
Want to request a new feature? Spotted a data inaccuracy? Other questions or comments about the database? Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.