ELECTIONS AND VOTING

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...
With the help of a high-profile Democratic law firm, Virginia voters who claim they were tricked into signing campaign paperwork supporting Kanye West have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the rapper from appearing on Virginia’s presidential ballot.The suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, asks the court to...
Voting drop boxes aren’t sinister repositories of fraud. They’re not working overtime to deny candidates their proper electoral victories.That’s true no matter what opponents of greater ballot access contend. Their fevered suspicions aren’t supported by something I call “proof.”That’s why the Virginia General Assembly deserves kudos for passing initiatives...
Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Virginia’s presidential ballot in November, according to state election officials, but Democrats are trying to block him because some Virginia voters his paperwork identifies as supporters say they didn’t know what they were signing up for.The Virginia Department of Elections confirmed...