ELECTION 2018

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...
An environmental group in coastal Virginia is urging voters to oppose a constitutional amendment intended to offer tax relief to property owners facing recurring flooding, prompting a debate that echoes larger concerns about how states and localities should respond to sea-level rise.On ballots statewide Tuesday, the measure would give...
I have heard it a million times and the story still makes my sides split.My grandmother, an aspiring Boston nurse of Irish and English ancestry, who grew up in the nearby seaside town of Quincy, had started dating a Harvard medical student with a funny last name and was...
Voters assigned to the wrong district could have made the difference in some House of Delegates races last year that were decided by razor-thin margins, allowing Republicans to hang onto control of the chamber.To avoid a repeat in this year's congressional races, several of which are projected to be...
Of registered voters in Virginia who always vote, less than five percent are under 30 years old, according to an analysis of state voter data by the Virginia Public Access Project.Likewise, people under 30 make up a disproportionate share -- 45 percent -- of registered voters who never vote,...
Around 11 p.m. Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to update followers on his endorsements in several tight congressional races across the country.Among them was a second endorsement for U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who is running against Democrat Abigail Spanberger in the Richmond area's 7th District; and...
In a radio ad released last week, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine sings the praises of fellow Democratic candidate, Jennifer Wexton — in Spanish.“We need Jennifer Wexton in Congress,” he says, before Wexton, a state senator, jumps in, thanking him for his support.She goes on to highlight her platforms,...