ELECTIONS AND VOTING

FLOYD — Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a pair of redistricting bills, including one to codify criteria for the process and eliminate the practice of splitting localities between legislative districts.Senate Bill 1579 dictated that congressional and state legislative districts, beginning in 2020, were to be drawn according to factors...
The Virginia Department of Elections held its first "Voters With Disabilities Engagement Expo" this week to showcase resources for people who need assistance voting.The event is one way to accomplish Gov. Ralph Northam’s goal of expanding voting access, said Deputy Commissioner Jessica Bowman."It's important that every Virginian that's eligible...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided over a high-stakes political gerrymandering case that could affect control of Virginia’s legislature. The justices heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, in which the House of Delegates is appealing a lower court’s ruling that...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.Gov. Ralph Northam appointed a new state Board of Elections while a bill that would change the makeup and responsibilities of the board is on his desk for consideration.Last...
Most days, Charles Garratt is the only person in the Bath County registrar’s office, processing voter registration applications, making sure all the technology is up to date and training other people. “Back in the days of paper ballots and wooden boxes, there was less to do,” he said. “Now the...