Voting

Monticello

Seventy nine people from 38 countries became U.S. citizens today, during the annual swearing in at the home of Thomas Jefferson.  The event drew more than 3,000 people – in part because the featured speaker was a Grammy-winning rock star.

It was an exciting day for people who had waited years to become citizens, with some extra sparkle thanks to rock star and speaker Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa and became a citizen in 1980. 

Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background and context to this week's landmark Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.

Seaman is the author of two journal articles on the Voting Rights Act, including "An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System," which was published in the Saint Louis University Public Law Review in 2010.

VA Lawmakers React to Voting Rights Decision

Jun 25, 2013

Virginia lawmakers are trying to figure out how Congress should respond to the Supreme Court's decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights abuses in Virginia was a part of the reason Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The state had been dominated by racist politicians who sought to disenfranchise minorities.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says some officials in the state still try to put up barriers on Election Day.

Photo Credit: Every Child Matters

Child advocates are calling out statewide candidates and demanding they take a stand on children's issues and make them a MAJOR part of their campaigns.

The  “Strong Kids, Strong Virginia” initiative was launched after a recent Mason-Dixon survey found that the gubernatorial candidates' views on the matter are murkier than those of current and former governors.

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

Jun 18, 2013
Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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