ELECTION 2018

After a day of mishaps that slowed voters down by hours in Chesterfield County, a court order that was supposed to extend polling hours wasn't carried out, Republicans say."Election officials refused to let voters in despite a judge’s injunction," a post on the Chesterfield County Republican Committee's Facebook said...
Virginians voted to pass two constitutional amendments related to property tax relief in this year's election, a decision that will affect the whole state.But there were also some notable local ballot measures that asked voters to decide on funding for traffic improvements in some of Northern Virginia's fastest-growing areas...
A surge of Democratic voters knocked three Republican congressional incumbents out of office Tuesday night, but their victories in two of the races were narrow as Republicans saw their own boost in turnout.An urban-rural divideAs expected, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine crushed Republican challenger Corey Stewart, who ran as a...
With final results still being tallied late Tuesday night, Democrats appeared poised to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.Virginia, with three clear Democratic seats gained, contributed to that takeover. When the dust settles, Democrats look to hold seven of Virginia's 11 House of Representatives seats and both...
Turnout in this year's midterm elections appears to be on track to be higher than expected, said Chris Piper, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections.The department doesn't collect data until the polls close at 7 p.m., but reports of longer-than-normal lines suggest there is a "large number of...
Virginia has started Election Day with only a few minor issues, elections officials reported at a briefing this morning.The most significant thus far was in Chesapeake, where about a dozen of the first voters at one polling place received the wrong ballot, said Chris Piper, commissioner of the Department of...
It's Election Day, and you've probably already made up your mind.But if you'd like to brush up on the candidates and the issues on the ballot in Virginia today, here are some links to the Mercury's coverage over the past several months:The four congressional races seen as most competitive:...
When state Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, was campaigning to represent the 36th District in 2015, he met people who hadn’t voted in more than seven years.Some constituents told him they were “presidential-election only” voters, while others simply chose not to vote.The most common reason Surovell found for people not...
With Nov. 6 fast approaching, the Virginia Mercury is partnering with ProPublica's Electionland collaborative journalism project to help shine a light on problems that might prevent people from voting.That means we want to hear about long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting...
By now, voters probably know who they plan to cast a vote for in the midterm elections.But there's more to voting than picking your candidate. Here are some reminders as you head to the polls on what you'll need and what to do if something doesn't go as planned.Polls...