ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Voters in several localities around the commonwealth participated in last week’s local elections, even if they didn’t queue up at their regular precincts. Given the chance to vote absentee by mail – something state officials had encouraged during the coronavirus pandemic – Virginians did so in droves.That implies two...
To hold safe elections later this year, local officials in Virginia say they’ll need about 41,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, almost 600,000 pairs of gloves, 172,000 face masks and 45,000 face shields.In preparation for the opening of polling places throughout the state in June’s congressional primaries and the November...
With many government offices in Virginia closed for face-to-face business due to the coronavirus pandemic, new voter registrations in April plummeted from levels typically seen in high-interest presidential election years.The state saw just 5,467 new voter registrations in April, a 73 percent drop from the same month in 2016...
If any Virginia delegates felt they didn't get to talk about guns and minimum wage enough in the 2020 session, they might get the chance to have it out on the campaign trail in 2021, 2022 and 2023.Under normal circumstances, the 100 seats in the House of Delegates are...
The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted three Northern Virginia towns' requests to delay their local elections to June 4 as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Loudoun County officials, two weeks beyond the May 19 date Gov. Ralph Northam set last month.In the last few...
Three Democratic state senators are pushing a legislative proposal to postpone Virginia's May 5 municipal elections to June, a plan they're pitching as an alternative to Gov. Ralph Northam's call to push the elections all the way to November.Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, is behind the idea for a shorter...
The American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block Virginia from enforcing a law requiring a witness for absentee voting.The rule could create a safety issue, the suit claims, by forcing people who live alone to seek out another...
Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that he is recommending postponing the May 5 municipal elections to November and delaying the June 9 congressional primaries by two weeks to avoid having people vote in person during the coronavirus pandemic.The typically low-turnout elections for local offices, which dozens of towns and...
A candidate seeking the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) has filed a lawsuit against Virginia election officials that argues the COVID-19 pandemic has made it too difficult to gather the petition signatures necessary to qualify for the June primary ballot. Omari Faulkner, a Navy reservist...
Local officials have asked the Virginia Department of Elections to cancel all in-person voting for May and June elections to protect poll workers and the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The leadership of the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia and the Virginia Electoral Board Association made the request in...