Voting

GOP Files Suit Over Restoring Voting Rights

May 23, 2016

Republicans in the General Assembly are not just speaking out against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s plan to restore voting rights to 200,000 former felons. They’re taking their case to court, filing a lawsuit in the Virginia Supreme Court.

A Richmond judge has ruled a group of Virginia state senators in contempt of court -- for failing to turn over documents that could be helpful in an ongoing lawsuit.

Roanoke Celebrates International Women's Day 2016

Mar 3, 2016

International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s a global celebration of women’s rights in the labor movement and the right to vote.

In Roanoke, the Wiese Law Firm is coordinating a celebration of Virginia women, with an event Friday, 3/4/16  at the Taubman Museum from 5 to 9 p.m.

Speakers include:

Judge Jacqueline Talevi, Chief Judge of the General District Courts for the 23rd Judicial District.

Janet Osborne, MD Chief, Gynecology/Oncology at Carilion Clinic (preventative/women's reproductive health)

AP Photo/Steve Helber

A quick round-up of election results for Virginia’s state senate: Republicans maintained control. No incumbents lost. Any seat that was held by a Republican is still held by a Republican. And the same goes for Democrats. Nothing flipped. And, that’s despite big money being spent.

It’s a fairly straightforward calculation: $45 million dollars in campaigning plus low voter turnout equals zero change. Quentin Kidd is a political scientist at Christopher Newport University.

Changes at the Polls

Oct 22, 2015

If it’s been a while since you voted, you may notice some changes this Election Day.  Most precincts in Virginia on November 3rd will be using a mix of new machines-and one old tradition to count your ballot.  

One way votes used to be collected can be seen inside a 7-foot-metal cabinet in a back room at the Roanoke Municipal Building.

On the shelves City Registrar of Voters Andrew Cochran has reams of 8 ½  x 11 paper ballots, each about as thick as an index card and costing 25 cents a piece.

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