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Shades of Grey: Virginia’s Ongoing Struggle to Ensure Proportionate Minority Representation

By: Hannah Thomson As of 2014, African Americans made up just under 20% of Virginia’s total population. Yet, of the eleven congressmen and women elected from Virginia, incumbent Bobby Scott is currently the only African American representing the state, and only … Continue reading

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Compactness and Political Considerations in Virginia General Assembly Districts

By: Emily Wagman On September 14th, fourteen plaintiffs represented by DurretteCrump PLC filed suit in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond against the Virginia State Board of Elections, alleging that their respective House of Delegates and State Senate … Continue reading

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Lee v. Virginia Board of Elections: Wait, Virginians have to present a photo ID to vote?

By: Melissa Ryan In 2013, Republican majorities in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly enacted a “voter ID law” that significantly restricts accepted forms of identification that voters must present before casting a ballot on Election Day. Now, officers at … Continue reading

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Muddying the Waters: Publishing Proposed Redistricting Remedies

By: Darcee Case The most recent action in Virginia’s ongoing redistricting saga involves a motion to make the proposed remedial plans available on a publicly accessible website. Perhaps ironically, it is the Defendants (Alcorn) suggesting that the proposals be posted … Continue reading

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Reject perennial ‘Etch A Sketch’ redistricting

by Brian Cannon Update: Brian Cannon’s letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch is available here. Whether Sen. John Watkins’ Martin Luther King Day surprise defies the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act are complicated questions. But the constitutionality of … Continue reading

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Virginia Senate Redistricting Bill Catches Governor by Surprise

By Tony Glosson On Monday, the Virginia Senate approved a redistricting bill that the Virginia Public Access Project claims will shift some traditionally democratic voters from competitive districts into already solidly Democratic ones. This would provide Republicans, who control an … Continue reading

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The Battleground 2012: Armed with More than a Vote: Guns in Polling Places in Virginia

by Scott Van Der Hyde Virginia is widely acknowledged as a state that strongly supports the rights of citizens to own and carry guns.  A number of recent laws demonstrate this support by allowing Virginians to open-carry guns in most … Continue reading

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Want to be Lieutenant Governor of Virginia? Vote Romney

by Elizabeth Turner Should Governor Mitt Romney win the presidency in the November election, one of Virginia’s three statewide elected offices could be filled by gubernatorial appointment. Although Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was overlooked as Romney’s running mate, the buzz … Continue reading

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A new generation of poll workers

by Brooks C. Braun On election day, November 8th, 2011, more than 30 students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) worked as Officers of Election in Henrico County, VA on behalf of the Tidewater Roots Poll Project (TRPP). TRPP is a … Continue reading

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A State Divided

Virginia’s split precinct problem by Brooks Braun The 2012 election will soon be upon Virginia. If past elections and the current political climate are reliable guides, the level of participation will once again place enormous pressure on the election administrative … Continue reading

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