Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Voters to Get Help Casting Some Ballots

Credit NPR

Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials.  That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections.  The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.

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Virginia Elections
4:47 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Possible Conflicts of Interest Regarding Virginia's Gubernatorial Election

The Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections is asking whether a new state law expanding the Attorney General’s power to investigate election irregularities will create a conflict of interest this fall.  Kimberly Bowers, who is the Democratic appointee to the Board, raised the issue as the members held a meeting in Richmond.  This year’s campaign season will be the first test of the new law.

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Fighting for Reform
4:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Protesters Pressure Lawmakers over Immigration

Credit Service Employees International Union

Congress is gone for the month of August so local immigration advocates are planning to take their fight for reform to Republican’s district offices in Virginia.

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The Call for Reform
4:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ethics Issues in the Spotlight

State Republicans are responding to a call by one of their own for a special session on ethics reform in light of the scandals now plaguing both the Governor's office and the gubernatorial campaign. 

Governor McDonnell had already declined the request by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to call a special session. Now House GOP leaders say they also prefer to wait until January’s regular session to take up ethics reform. 

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Best Practices at the Polls
4:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Special Training for Elections

College students and others who plan to register more than two dozen new voters for the November election will need to go through special training before they can. 

That’s because of a change this year in state law, which also requires those who conduct voter registration drives to sign up with the State Board of Elections or local election offices. 

The new law requires those who plan to obtain 25 or more voter registration applications to learn about best practices, privacy laws, prohibited activities, and deadlines. 

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