ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Why a Virginia Democrat says he launched a political fundraiser off of a mass shooting that was still unfolding

BY: - August 15, 2019

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 Virginia Legislature? For every dollar […]

COMMENTARY

Legislator knows where blame truly lies in ballot screw-up 

BY: - August 7, 2019

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 little light, […]

General registrars were given a raise, but some may not be seeing it

BY: - July 25, 2019

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 only getting a portion of […]

As Democrats debate campaign finance reform, an intimate mountain retreat with corporate lobbyists continues

BY: - July 23, 2019

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 unions and paired off with […]

It’s not the NRA’s money that sways Virginia politics: It’s the members.

BY: - July 12, 2019

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 handguns in holsters. Others carried […]

Board of Elections approves another candidate for the ballot after paperwork problems

BY: - July 11, 2019

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 the wrong email address to […]

Gerrymandering fights aren’t over, as states ready remedies

BY: - July 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Battles over partisan gerrymandering are poised to shift to the states in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision. The high court dealt a major blow to efforts to combat politicized redistricting when it issued a high-profile 5-4 opinion finding that courts couldn’t settle such disputes. Now, state-level efforts to combat […]

The Virginia House of Delegates met Thursday to discuss redistricting, but didn't get far. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Aug. 30, 2018)

After paperwork lapse, senior House Republican asks state board to put him on the ballot

BY: - June 25, 2019

One of the state’s most senior Republican delegates isn’t officially a party nominee for his re-election bid — yet. At Tuesday night’s Board of Elections meeting, attorneys for Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, asked that he be declared the Republican nominee for the 1st House of Delegates District even though his nomination paperwork from a local […]

COMMENTARY
Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, defended a remedial redistricting proposal that a House panel advanced Thursday on a party-line vote. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 27, 2018)

Redistricting: There’s a better way to do this

BY: - June 19, 2019

Here we are, just a year and a half from the 2021 redistricting in the commonwealth, and Virginia finally has legitimate legislative and congressional maps following the politicized process in 2011. This resolution comes by way of a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week. A 5-4 majority of the justices said the Republican-controlled state House […]

Primary Tuesday: GOP delegate felled from the right; Democratic giant barely fends off progressive hopeful; and Morrissey wins (but not from jail this time)

BY: - June 12, 2019

Scandal-plagued former state Del. Joe Morrissey, who won his last election while serving a jail sentence on a sex charge, toppled a long-serving Democratic senator in Virginia’s primaries Tuesday, which saw upsets — and near upsets — on both sides of the aisle. Voters around the state sent mixed messages, voting out a Republican delegate […]

Do you have a primary to vote in?

BY: - June 11, 2019

It’s primary day, and there are dozens of races across the state to pick official party candidates for the November elections, when all 140 seats in the General Assembly will be on the ballot, among other local races. Virginians need not be a member of party to vote in these races. To find out if […]

Department of Elections will hire more people in response to audit report

BY: - May 14, 2019

The Department of Elections will hire six new employees this summer, which should help address some of the problems identified in an audit last year, officials said. The new positions, funded in the final state budget, represent the “single biggest infusion in new positions to the department as far back as I can remember,” said […]