14 Dec 2013
December 14, 2013

#VAAG – Rules for Recount

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The recount for the Attorney General’s election  starts on monday morning at 7 am (for Fairfax County, Alexandria and Chesapeake), and tuesday for everyone else.  Cities and counties need to complete their recounts by Wednesday, and the Circuit Court panel will start resolving disputes over ballots and then declare the winner.  A recent post reviewed..

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29 Nov 2013
November 29, 2013

#VAAG: Herring Wins, Recount Next

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On Monday (Nov. 25, 2013), the Virginia State Board of Elections certified Democratic Attorney General candidate Mark Herring as the official winner, completing the first Democratic sweep of statewide offices since 1989.  Because the margin was 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast — within 0.5% — the official loser, Republican Mark Obenshain has the right to demand a taxpayer-funded..

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06 Nov 2013
November 6, 2013

The Count for Mark Herring

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When I left the Democratic Victory Party at Tysons last night, Mark Herring was losing the Attorney General’s race by 12,000 votes; when I woke up, he was winning by 400; over the course of the day it has been back and forth – losing by 1,100, winning by 32, losing by 700, and now..

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President Obama thanks the Troops, a better bargain for the middle class, new DNC Voting Rights website, Donna Brazile on the Voting Rights Act, Florida voter purge, and Happy Birthday, Mr. President!  Here’s the direct link to the new DNC Voting Rights website –http://www.votingrightsmatter.com/   

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Recent actions of the Supreme Court and GOP-led state governments highlight the importance of the Voting Rights Act in preserving that most fundamental of rights for all Americans. Some thoughts from DNC Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:    Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To honor that historic milestone,..

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Here’s an article that provides a summary of the new law.  Key points include: It does not go into effect until July 2014, so photo IDs are not required for the 2013 Governor and other races. The Department of Justice must approve the requirement, and legal challenges are likely. A valid photo ID would include a Virginia..

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01 Apr 2013
April 1, 2013

Voting Accessibility Workshop

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is holding an Accessible Voting Technology Research Workshop today and tomorrow (April 1-2)   It is being webcast live, and will be archived for viewing at:   http://www.eac.gov/accessible_voting_technology_research_workshop/

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26 Mar 2013
March 26, 2013

The RNC 2016 Rules Recommendations

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Last week, the Republican National Committee released its 97 page post-election “Growth and Opportunity Project” party evaluation that the RNC Chair embarrassingly referred to as an “autopsy.”  (Copy below)   Among the Recommendations for the Presidential nomination process (pp. 72-73) are: Holding the National Convention as early as late June 2016 allowing more time to “begin the..

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24 Mar 2013
March 24, 2013

DNC: Stop PA Election Rigging

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The DNC recently circulated this statement and video on Pennsylvania’s ongoing effort to rig the electoral college; the video features our own Governor.  “While RNC Chair, Reince Priebus was debuting his plan to invest $10 million in outreach to communities of color this week Republicans were pushing a piece of legislation through the State House to..

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Vote Coin

Fairfax’s bipartisan Commission on Election Process Improvement submitted its report to the County Board of Supervisors this week.   The Commission focused on the issue of long voter lines, a statewide problem which your Virginia General Assembly completely ignored this year.  One contributing factor to long lines was that more people voted in 2012 than in 2008, and..

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