Voting

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. 

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.  

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. 

W&L Professor Weighs In on Voting Rights Decision

Jun 26, 2013

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.

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