ELECTIONS AND VOTING

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...
There’s been lots of arguing over legislating via Zoom. There's uncertainty over how far Virginia should go on issues like pandemic relief and police reform. But the Democratic-led General Assembly appears unified on at least one point: Streamlining the absentee voting process needs to happen fast.On Monday, committees in...
Let’s start with his unmitigated gall, his unparalleled obtuseness.Most national leaders, having so thoroughly botched a health emergency that’s killed more than 170,000 Americans and sickened millions of others, would protect citizens trying to vote in a national election. They would recognize that, as president of the United States,...
Amid widespread uncertainty over how elections can be conducted safely and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing a system of absentee ballot drop boxes that would make it easier for voter to turn in their ballots without relying on the U.S. Postal Service.The governor's proposal...
WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall.DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing...
By Chris BuchheitIn November, Virginians have a unique opportunity to fundamentally improve the structure of democracy, the likes of which only presents itself once in a generation. A constitutional amendment (the “Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment”) will appear on the ballot to hand over redistricting to a bipartisan commission that includes...
Anyone expecting to tune in for quick results on election night should probably start thinking about it as election week, according to Virginia officials who are trying to reshape public expectations in what's expected to be a highly unusual presidential year.That doesn’t mean there won’t be blowout races that...
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...