An interim study by the Virginia Department of Elections indicates that numerous localities have voting machines that are wearing out—and some have potential security problems. The investigation was prompted by reports of irregularities during last November’s election. The result could be a new and costly requirement to replace some widely used touch-screen voting machines.
Bills to stop gerrymandering are enjoying an unusual bout of success in the General Assembly this year. While most pundits still think they'll get shot down, the head of a political training center thinks there's momentum for reform.
Ever since 1812, when Massachusetts governor Eldridge Gerry drew ridicule for his party's attempt to draw a district in the shape of a salamander, the practice has been seen as a scourge of democracy. But could Virginia end it? Bob Gibson, the director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, hopes so.
Praises, tears, accolades, and stories of lives renewed are par for the course in a church setting.
But although the venue was a church in Richmond, the occasion was the long-awaited restoration of rights for three Virginians who are among the thousands who have— and will have—their rights restored by Governor McAuliffe.
Although the process is still not automatic, the governor has made it simpler.
In a mid term election, the goal is to ‘get out the vote.’
When it comes to voting behavior, the older you are, the more likely you are to cast a ballot. In 2012, fewer than half of voters age eighteen to twenty-nine voted. And the turn-out increased with age. Almost three quarters of people 65 years and older made it to the polls.
Virginia’s new voter ID law has Virginia Democrats worried after the state board of elections found nearly 200,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license.
Back in 2013 when Virginia and a string of other Republican controlled state legislatures were pushing forward with new voter ID laws, Attorney General Eric Holder likened the laws to ‘poll taxes’ and promised an NAACP audience the government would protect minorities.