Tag: State Board of Elections


Virginia State Board of Elections streamlines voter registration

The State Board of Elections has adopted a new Virginia Voter Registration Application and amended existing regulations.

Trump campaign threatens legal action over Virginia GOP primary oath

The Trump Virginia campaign chairman signaled Wednesday that legal action is possible if the party doesn’t reverse course on a required primary voter oath.


Governor McAuliffe statement on settlement regarding voter waiting lines

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after parties reached a settlement in the case of Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections.


Settlement will fix issues with long wait times at Virginia polling places

the Democratic Party of Virginia announced a settlement with the State Board of Elections to remedy Virginia’s problem with long wait times to vote.

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Speaker Howell, Majority Leader Norment statement on Board of Elections court ruling

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) today issued the following statement on the ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to deny the General Assembly’s request that the deadline for legislative action related to Page v. Virginia State Board of Elections be extended until November 16.


State Board of Elections decertifies WINVote voting machines

The State Board of Elections (SBE) decertified the AVS WINVote equipment at its public meeting today. The WINVote system is currently used in 30 localities, totaling more than 560 precincts around the state.


Update on post-election count, process for certifying Senate winner

Yesterday, each of Virginia’s 133 local electoral boards began the routine process of canvassing their precinct results from the November 4 general election.


Why are AP, State Board numbers in the Warner-Gillespie race different?

The Associated Press is showing Mark Warner with a 12,300-vote winning margin in the Virginia U.S. Senate race on Tuesday. The State Board of Elections has it at Warner by 16,500 votes.

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Mark Obenshain: Four Pinocchios for the Washington Post on voter ID

We live in the age of the fact checkers. There’s PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and of course the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker.” But when the media itself gets it wrong, who will fact check the fact checkers?


Virginia Voters Alliance challenges dual voter registrations

At the end of May, 2014 the Virginia Voters Alliance turned over to the State Boards of Elections a file containing both Virginia and Maryland data of people that appeared to be registered in both states. There was an additional list of 164 voters that appeared to have voted in both states during the 2012 election.


ACLU of Virginia slams Virginia State Board of Elections

The ACLU of Virginia denounces today’s decision by the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) to backtrack and pass a regulation banning voters from using expired Virginia driver’s licenses & U.S. passports for voting.

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Mark Obenshain: Attorney General Mark Herring goes after voter ID

When Mark Herring and I faced off in last year’s election, one of his common refrains was that he would “take the politics out of the AG’s office.” And who could object to that?


Rutherford Institute suit challenges laws favoring major party candidates

Alleging that Virginia’s signature and ballot placement election laws favor major party candidates for political office, while discriminating against minor party and independent candidates, The Rutherford Institute has filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal district court against the State Board of Elections (SBE).


Elections board to begin third party registration training

Beginning on July 2, 2014, the Department of Elections and local general registrars will begin conducting voter registration drive training mandated by § 24.2-416.6.


Jeffrey Carson on Eighth District congressional ballot

Jeffrey Carson, the Libertarian candidate running to replace Rep. Jim Moran, turned in the last of his petitions Tuesday in Richmond before the filing deadline.

Will Hammer confirmed for Sixth District ballot

Will Hammer was confirmed on the Sixth District congressional ballot by the Virginia State Board of Elections last week.

Libertarian candidates file for November elections

A full slate of Libertarian candidates filed to run for federal office yesterday at the State Board of Elections. Collectively, the candidates submitted well over 30,000 signatures.

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Sen. Mark Warner campaign files petitions for re-election

Sen. Mark Warner’s campaign filed his candidacy petitions to run for re-election to the United States Senate on Tuesday. With the help of more than 400 volunteers, the campaign collected and delivered more than 15,500 signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections.

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Mark Obenshain: ‘It could still go either way’

Democrat Mark Herring is declaring victory and calling himself “attorney general-elect,” but Republican Mark Obenshain isn’t close to throwing in the towel. “No matter what Mark Herring says, with this margin, nobody can predict which of us will be sworn in as Virginia’s next attorney general. It still could go either way. There’s a lot at stake, and I’m not about to give up now,” Obenshain said.

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Mark Herring claims narrow win in attorney general race

The week-long review of votes, locality by locality, is complete, and Democrat Mark Herring has a 106-vote lead in the Virginia attorney general race over Republican Mark Obenshain. The State Board of Elections will certify the vote on Monday, Nov. 25, at which point we can almost certainly expect to see the Obenshain campaign file for a recount.

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Mark Herring now in lead in attorney general race

Democrat Mark Herring picked up significantly in a review of votes cast in Richmond, and has taken the lead in the still-too-close-to-call Virginia attorney general race. Herring leads Republican Mark Obenshain by 117 votes. Localities are expected to have their numbers in to the State Board of Elections by the close of the day on Tuesday.

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Mark Herring campaign continues to push victory in attorney general race

The State Board of Elections website now has Republican Mark Obenshain with a narrow 17-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring in the Virginia attorney general race. An unofficial count by Cook Political Report reporter Dave Wasserman has Herring with a 115-vote lead, meanwhile.

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What happens when the Mark Herring-Mark Obenshain race goes to recount?

It’s almost dangerous to say this, but as of this writing, Republican Mark Obenshain has a 681-vote lead over Democrat Mark Herring in the too-close-to-call Virginia attorney general race. And now the focus shifts to the inevitable recount that is to come, even as the candidates jockey for position in the ongoing PR battle.


ACLU urges State Board of Elections to ensure full access to ballot

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia sent a letter to the State Board of Elections last week calling for action to ensure all eligible voters are able to vote in the upcoming elections and are informed about the new law requiring identification at the polls.

Ballot petitions and GOP moneymen

The news on the 2009 elections this week was supposed to be related to the first ballot-access petitions to be filed, and there is news there, with three candidates on the Democratic side filing their petitions with the State Board of Elections on Tuesday, the first day they could be filed. But it was something […]

McDonnell proposes election reforms; Dems question commitment

Election reforms were on the mind of Attorney General Bob McDonnell today. Democratic critics of the presumptive ’09 Republican gubernatorial nominee for their part are accusing McDonnell of being a Johnny-come-lately to the election-reform game.

Fight for your right to T-shirts

You want to wear a campaign T-shirt, button or sticker into the polling place? The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU of Virginia are with you. “Election Day should be a time for celebrating the personal freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. On that of all days, […]

Waynesboro: Will her first vote be counted?

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Sonja Hoge was very much looking forward to voting in her first presidential election. A Waynesboro High School graduate and Virginia Commonwealth University sophomore, Hoge submitted an absentee-ballot request in August before she went back to school and got it in the mail back to Waynesboro last week. […]

Virginia: Freedom of expression ends at polling-place door

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The State Board of Elections voted today to ban clothing and hats and other campaign materials that directly advocate the election or defeat of a specific candidate or issue from polling places in Virginia. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged a prohibition handed down last month by the State […]