ELECTIONS AND VOTING

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...
Del. Nicholas Freitas asserts state elections officials are picking on him. The bullies. They won’t give him a pass for his inattention to detail.The Culpeper Republican even took to his Facebook page last week, casting aspersions on two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointees on the state Board of Elections. Freitas was...
A promised 6 percent raise for Virginia general registrars in the state may not be getting paid out as expected, some elections professionals say.Robin Lind, a member of the Virginia Electoral Board Association and Goochland County Electoral Board, said he knows of at least one instance of a registrar...
BATH — Democratic state senators and delegates spent the end of last month holed up with dozens of lobbyists at the Omni Homestead, a remote luxury resort in Bath County. They soaked up poolside hospitality sponsored by the bankers’ association, took in a golf clinic courtesy of the state’s credit...
Before the short special session on gun control earlier this week, hundreds of gun rights advocates poured into the city block around the capitol and legislative building. They wore shirts and hats with the National Rifle Association’s logo and sported bright orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers. Some showed up with...
The Virginia Board of Elections allowed another candidate on the ballot as a party nominee despite a mix-up with his nomination paperwork.Clinton Jenkins, a Democrat challenging Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, won a party nomination process but the local party chair responsible for submitting the paperwork to the state used...