Alternate universe Senate race, update on Unite the Right anniversary and Richmond’s attendance woes, among other headlines
A different result with ranked-choice voting?
Could instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, have installed Nick Freitas as the GOP Senate candidate instead of Corey Stewart? Marla McKenna at The Culpeper Star-Exponent quotes Freitas as in favor of the method, calling it “a solid policy” and pledging to support legislation that would give Virginia voters that option, which allows voters to rank candidates by preference.
If no candidate achieves a majority, the candidate in last place is eliminated and those voters’ second choices get the votes, a process that continues until someone wins a simple majority. In the contest between Stewart, Freitas and, conservative minister E.W. Jackson, Jackson pulled nearly 12 percent of the vote. Stewart got just under 45 percent while Freitas received 43 percent of the vote.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Winchester-area NAACP chapter is pushing for a roadside marker or plaque as a memorial for lynching victim William Shorter. “People need to know how widespread that was and how wrong it was,” said Gwen Walker, president of the Winchester NAACP, which includes Clarke and Frederick counties. “We don’t want history to repeat itself.”— The Winchester Star
Richmond Public Schools hasn’t been an enforcing an absence policy and it’s created some headaches. One in 4 students in the system has been chronically absent and in May, the school board had to suspend the attendance policy to avoid hurting the chances that 1 in 3 graduates would actually get diplomas. — The Richmond Times-Dispatch
In Charlottesville, City Council got a briefing on planning for potential demonstrations on the anniversary of last year’s deadly Unite the Right rally. — The Cavalier Daily
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