Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:52 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Marriage Equality & Politics

On the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Human Rights Campaign and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations are throwing their support behind the three Democrats running for statewide office.

The candidates pledge that upon being elected to office they'll act to reverse certain restrictions on the LGBT community. But other officials say they will also champion the cause regardless of the election’s outcome.

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Military Voting Issues
8:31 am
Thu July 11, 2013

State Helping Military Personnel Get Their Votes In

While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.
 

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Government & Politics
4:31 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Online Voter Registration

Virginians will soon be able to register to vote on-line thanks to a new state system that will “go live” this week.

Residents will still have the option of using standard paper applications … and can still register at the DMV or other agencies. 

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Voter Registration
10:26 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New July Laws: Elections

Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to suspend part of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia's General Assembly had already passed some revisions to state election law.  

Although the Commonwealth IS one of the states that the Act had mandated for Justice Department pre-clearance, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli believes at least some of the bills passed earlier this year are necessary.  

Lawmakers passed them with a goal of ensuring the integrity of elections.  

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

VaNews for 07.08.13

Stories about one of Virginia’s first and most important internet news services and a decision about how camping spaces are reserved in Virginia state parks were among the most clicked reports over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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