ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Consider the following:A profligate prevaricator, the de facto capo of the Republican Party, spouted lie after lie in both the run-up to and after the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump was abetted by craven acolytes who knew better, and conspiracy theorists — in public office both in Virginia and...
After more than half of Virginians cast absentee ballots last year, officials won't be required to change their vote-counting procedures this year to make sure those ballots are reflected in neighborhood-level election data.On Tuesday, a Democratic-led House of Delegates subcommittee rejected a bill that would have instructed local registrars...
Despite lingering, and unfounded, fraud suspicions on the right, a recently issued state report called the 2020 election the “most safe, secure, and successful” in Virginia’s history.This year, the Democratic-led General Assembly has rejected several Republican proposals to tighten election laws, while preserving several policy changes lawmakers enacted last...
“Disenfranchisement is the harshest civil sanction imposed by a democratic society… Such a shadowy form of citizenship must not be imposed lightly.”– McLaughlin v. City of Canton, 947 F. Supp. 954, 971 (S.D. Miss. 1995).  By Jordan G. SiscoJuly 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s 1971 constitutional revision.Since...
A Virginia House of Delegates panel on Monday expanded a felon voting rights proposal to allow former inmates to vote when they're released from incarceration, a change potentially allowing their rights to be restored years earlier than envisioned under the plan's prior rules.As originally drafted, the proposed constitutional amendment...
Out of an abundance of bipartisanship, members of the newly created Virginia Redistricting Commission didn’t want to pick just one chairperson at its first meeting Thursday.They picked two citizen chairwomen, Democrat Greta Harris and Republican Mackenzie Babichenko, with an agreement to have them alternate running the meetings.“I think that...
The Virginia Senate passed legislation Thursday to move all May local elections to November, with Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax casting a tiebreaking vote to put it over the top.Many cities and counties already hold local elections in November, and all localities currently have the option to switch from May...
A 7 a.m. subcommittee discussion on the finer points of election administration isn’t normally the type of Virginia General Assembly meeting that leads to anger and hurt feelings. But with the nation still reeling over departing President Donald Trump’s myriad falsehoods about the 2020 election and the Capitol mob that...
You can hear the passion in Jeanne Hanewich’s voice any time she discusses citizen participation in local government. Nor is this a topic the Chesapeake stay-at-home mother — and former paralegal — just took up.She’s worked for several years to get Chesapeake to move local elections — for City...
Claims by Republican legislators in Virginia about “voter integrity” can sound so, so seductive — until you peel back the layers of their arguments. Electoral policies often are near the surface when the General Assembly convenes, as it did Wednesday. Among the areas of debate this time: Democrats, including Gov....