ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Claims by Republican legislators in Virginia about “voter integrity” can sound so, so seductive — until you peel back the layers of their arguments. Electoral policies often are near the surface when the General Assembly convenes, as it did Wednesday. Among the areas of debate this time: Democrats, including Gov....
The last three Virginia governors — a Republican and two Democrats — have made it much easier for people convicted of felonies to have their voting rights restored by the governor’s office.If some lawmakers get their way, felons rejoining society will no longer have to rely on the benevolence...
For years, redistricting reform advocates have been arguing something should be done to curb Virginia’s long history of political gerrymandering. On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly agreed, passing a constitutional amendment that largely strips the General Assembly of its authority to redraw legislative and congressional districts, a historic shift in a system...
A joint General Assembly committee preparing for the 2021 redistricting process voted last week to include incumbent lawmakers’ home addresses in the data that will be used to redraw their districts.Some lawmakers insisted the move doesn’t necessarily mean the address data will be used to draw lines that protect...
When the Virginia House of Delegates was getting ready to pass its 2011 redistricting plan, Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, stood to say something she knew her colleagues might not want to hear. Last in a series on the debate surrounding the redistricting reform amendment on Virginians’ ballots this fall. Previously:...
A severed fiber-optic cable near the state government's Chesterfield County data center caused Virginia's voter registration system and several other computerized functions to fail Tuesday morning, according to officials.The outage came on the last day to register to vote in Virginia, as officials and civic groups were putting out...
In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls. In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million...
TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters.The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who...
Over the next 50 days, we have the chance to vote in arguably the most consequential election in American history at a time when doing so carries significant personal risk.As scary as the headlines surrounding this election have been, there’s no need to be afraid if you arm yourself...
Rapper Kanye West's brief time as a certified presidential candidate in Virginia came to an end Thursday when a Richmond judge ordered his name stricken from the ballot.Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi J. Taylor ruled in favor of two Virginia voters who claimed they were signed up to serve...