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This year protecting the rights of Virginians to register, vote, and have their votes counted is more important than ever.  The Democratic Party of Virginia will have a robust voter protection program in place on election day, but we need your help.   We will assist with the usual problems of long lines, equipment problems, and.. read more →

To vote in the March 1st Virginia Presidential Primary, you have to be registered to vote by Monday, February 8, 2016.  Go to the Department of Elections website Citizen Portal to check your status or register now!  Note that if you will be 18 years old by election day, Nov. 8, 2016, you can register.. read more →

15 Jan 2016
January 15, 2016

Va Voter Bills – UPDATE

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A number of the bills mentioned in the prior post will be heard Tuesday, Jan 19, at 7:30 am by a House Privileged & Elections Committee subcommittee – here’s the agenda.  Thanks @C_Herring ! read more →

15 Jan 2016
January 15, 2016

VA General Assembly Voting Bills

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It’s that time of year again, and the Virginia General Assembly is hard at work.  Here are a number of good bills that will make it easier to vote.  See Virginia Legislative Information Services for text and more information on these bills.  Let your delegates and state senators know what you think.  Please follow the.. read more →

07 Aug 2015
August 7, 2015

DNC Communications Update 8.7.2015

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What we learned from the GOP debates, DNC Presidential debate schedule, Obama’s climate plan, and GOP awful statements on voting rights (which, like civil rights and the environment were not mentioned at the GOP debate) read more →

Here’s some great news re the awful Texas Voter ID law.  Please join the DPVA Voter Protection Council to help protect and expand the vote. Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Discriminatory’ Texas Voter ID By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUG. 5, 2015, 2:40 P.M. E.D.T. AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court has struck down Texas’ voter.. read more →

26 Jul 2015
July 26, 2015

The ADA, the DPVA, and Voting

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I was fortunate to attend the Democratic Party of Virginia disAbility Caucus luncheon this Saturday in Fairfax, which recognized the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 30th Anniversary of the Virginians with Disabilities Act.  It was an excellent and moving program featuring Congressman Connolly, a number of members of the General.. read more →

Cross-posted from DPVA Voter Protection Council Blog,  5/21/2015, By Georgina Cannan, Voter Protection Council Co-Chair Voter protection is an important part of any campaign and it is crucial to one of the fundamental principles of the Democratic Party: when every eligible voter votes, Democrats win. Voter protection programs work to ensure all eligible Virginians are able.. read more →

At its March 2015 State Central Committee meeting, the DPVA established a permanent, volunteer Voter Protection Council.  (Charter below)  The VPC will work year round to support voter education (e.g. photo ID), voter registration, voting rights restoration, and legislative and administrative efforts to make voting easier, as well as providing voter protection services up to,.. read more →

Here are the actions the General Assembly took during the veto session on some of the voting bills that we have been following (courtesy of Project Vote).  Note that the House failed to override the Governor’s veto of the idiotic mail-in photo ID bill by a single vote (65-34).  This year’s battle for the State.. read more →