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House and Senate Committees Take First Step Towards Ensuring Voting During a Pandemic Is Even Safer and More Secure for Everyone

Richmond, Virginia—Today, members of the House Appropriations Committee voted 13-9 to advance Delegate Mark Sickles’ bill HB5103. Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 11-5 to advance Senator Janet Howell’s SB5120, an identical version of the same bill earlier this morning. These bills would allow registrars to establish secure drop boxes for voters to return […]

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ICYMI: Get Ready for Election Season, Not Election Night

Richmond, Virginia—This year, be prepared for election season. With new laws expanding access to absentee voting and a global pandemic pushing more voters to vote by mail, election results are unlikely to be available on election night in all races. A new law expands eligibility for ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by noon […]

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Actually, No, Trump Cannot Delay the Election

The Tweeter-in-Chief has done it again. President Trump tweeted this morning that he is contemplating delaying our November elections. There are safe, secure, and healthy ways to vote despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Not only can we conduct a safe and secure election in November, but Donald Trump does not have the power to delay […]

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Freedom to Vote in Virginia, No Excuse Required

Tuesdays, amiright? Alarms, commute, school drop off, school pick up, dinner, bath time, bed time. And it’s not even the middle of the week. Add to that list getting out of the house or leaving work a little early to get to your polling location to vote? Look, voting is IMPORTANT and our civic duty […]

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Celebrate Election Day in Virginia!

Holidays mark celebrations of people and occasions we deem important as a community. Labor Day, Veterans Day, New Year’s Day, Juneteenth. But you know what day is incredibly important to all of us but isn’t a holiday? Election Day. That is, until now! A new law going into effect July 1 makes Election Day––the first […]

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Get Your Vote On Without Being Carded!

Our country is at a tipping point. The voices of the oppressed are crying out after being ignored, abused, and brutalized. We may not have it as bad as our grandparents, but we know this life is nowhere near what it could be and we won’t stop until it is. That’s why it is so […]

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Make Voting Easier With Automatic Voter Registration

I had to buy a new fridge a couple of weeks ago. The old one stopped keeping things cold, making it pretty functionally obsolete. Our new fridge is stupidly smart. It tells me the weather, turns on NPR, keeps track of food that’s about to expire, and stays up to date on my calendar. It’s […]

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Three Reasons Why Brett Kavanaugh Is Wrong for the Supreme Court

In July, Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court following Justice Kennedy’s retirement. We all knew the nominee would be bad, but the nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is worse than we thought. Here are the top three reasons he would take us backwards for the next 40 years and why we can’t let him get […]

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Take It from This Guy: Voting Can Make You Feel “Happy, Joyous and Free”

Although Bobby Lee was 60 years old when he cast his first vote last year, his age didn’t keep him from feeling like a kid again. “The first time voting, I felt like I was 18,” he said about his visit to the polls. “Happy, joyous, and free.” After his last brush with the law […]

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“When I vote, I refuse to back down.”

Having her voting rights restored gave this single mom a second chance at life. Growing up in poverty, Jackie and her family never had quite enough to scrape by. As she grew older and began raising her own children, she was determined to do better for her them. For Jackie, however, a lack of opportunity […]