ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Has Virginia’s new Democratic legislative majority painted itself into a corner on redistricting? Can Democrats resist the temptation to derail a long-sought nonpartisan reapportionment commission already well on the road to becoming real? Back when they were the minority party (just two weeks ago), Democrats criticized majority Republicans for muscling...
By Aliviah Jones/ Capital News Service Virginia voters have already returned more absentee ballots in 2019 than in the November 2015 election -- the last time all 140 seats in the General Assembly were up for reelection. In the last few elections there has been an uptick in absentee ballots,...
For a little while, the bowl was all anyone could talk about.The blue-and-white stoneware vessel handcrafted by a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts potter got a starring turn in a memorable episode of Virginia politics a little less than two years ago when the name on the slip of...
Virginia is closer to passing redistricting reform than ever. But anti-gerrymandering advocate Brian Cannon says both Democrats and Republicans are whispering that the idea is doomed if their opponents get power.“‘You know, if the other side takes over, your amendment's done.' They both kind of say that," Cannon said,...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections. The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the...
By Kelly Booth Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November’s elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration increased 9% in the...
State elections officials have asked deployed service members and other overseas voters to submit their absentee ballots three weeks before Election Day in case the United States leaves an international postal agreement.“It may be that mail won’t get delivered from these locations,” said Chris Piper, elections commissioner. “That obviously...
The percentage of Latino voters in Virginia who support Trump is getting smaller, according to polling from Equis Labs, which released an 11-state survey this week it calls the deepest look yet at voter sentiment in the demographic.Equis polled 500 Latino voters in the state and found 20 percent...
The spelling rhyme goes something like: I before E except after C — and R if your name is Nick Freitas.Freitas, R-Culpeper, is running a write-in campaign to win re-election to the House of the Delegates. The conservative up-and-comer failed to make it on the ballot as the Republican...
Six police officers were shot in Philadelphia on Wednesday. During the hours-long standoff, Virginia Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, took to Facebook to launch a fundraiser.“If you agree with me that the vastly increasing rate of gun violence should never be normalized, will you contribute to help Democrats flip the...