ELECTIONS AND VOTING

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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
FLOYD — Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a pair of redistricting bills, including one to codify criteria for the process and eliminate the practice of splitting localities between legislative districts.Senate Bill 1579 dictated that congressional and state legislative districts, beginning in 2020, were to be drawn according to factors...