ELECTIONS AND VOTING

A misunderstanding of Virginia's independent cities and counties apparently led a nonprofit voter registration group to mail 587,638 absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters that asked them to send the ballot back to the wrong election office.The Center for Voter Information said the mishap was an honest mistake mainly...
All Virginia voters who cast absentee ballots will send their forms back in envelopes marked with tracking codes, according to a new rule adopted Tuesday by the State Board of Elections.The regulation, approved in a unanimous vote, requires local election officials to print a 65-character U.S. Postal Service Intelligent...
A nonprofit advocacy group is mounting a fall campaign on one of the most consequential matters on Virginia’s ballot: ending the General Assembly’s historic monopoly on drawing partisan legislative district lines.OneVirginia2021, a nonpartisan organization which has lobbied for years for redistricting reform, on Monday announced Fair Maps Virginia, a 501(c)4...
Just months before voters in the commonwealth choose whether to reduce the blatant gerrymandering that arises every 10 years during redistricting, many Virginia Democrats are now saying, “Never mind.”Shame on them. The process to get such a referendum before voters has been a long, tortuous one, with frequent setbacks because...
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...