Virginia

  1. Photos by Amber-Lynn Taber for the Commonwealth Times

    Reporters from BBC London look for Richmond voters to help them with coverage of today’s election.

    As if Virginians haven’t been reminded enough of their state’s importance in this election, BBC reporters have been spotted at polling places around the city and will be broadcasting live from Popkin Tavern, a local bar, tonight. 

    Virginia Commonwealth University’s the Commonwealth Times looked into the importance of Virginia earlier this week.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  2. As Virginians take to the polls today, the issue of whether or not the state’s new law will discourage some voters is important as ever.
The law expands the list of acceptable forms of ID for voters and also provides voters with a free state-issued voter ID card. Previously, voters in the state could sign affirmations of identity if they didn’t have proper ID and still cast a ballot. Now voters without proper ID will have to cast a provisional ballot until they provide local registrar’s offices with appropriate ID.
The law, which sparked controversy over the misleading assumption that Virginia’s law requires photo ID for all voters, was signed in July and is in effect for this year’s election.
Check out how some voters on Twitter are handling —or making a joke out of— Virginia’s voter ID law.

    As Virginians take to the polls today, the issue of whether or not the state’s new law will discourage some voters is important as ever.

    The law expands the list of acceptable forms of ID for voters and also provides voters with a free state-issued voter ID card. Previously, voters in the state could sign affirmations of identity if they didn’t have proper ID and still cast a ballot. Now voters without proper ID will have to cast a provisional ballot until they provide local registrar’s offices with appropriate ID.

    The law, which sparked controversy over the misleading assumption that Virginia’s law requires photo ID for all voters, was signed in July and is in effect for this year’s election.

    Check out how some voters on Twitter are handling —or making a joke out of— Virginia’s voter ID law.

    storify.com »

  3. Voting has been underway in Virginia since 6 a.m. this morning with minimal reports of major interruptions.

    In Eastern Henrico, at least three polling places reported power outages that disrupted voting, but Dominion Power restored power to all locations by 7:41 a.m.

    Newport News reported malfunctioning ballot counting machines at one polling location

    The 12 reported about the importance of Henrico County a few days ago.

    wvec.com »

  4. Looks like Virginia Commonwealth University’s chapter of Students for Obama got to campus early to do some last-minute campaigning in the middle of campus.

    Many of VCU’s students who live on or close to campus are split between three districts, but the school is providing shuttle buses to and from polling locations until 5 p.m. today.

    Read more about VCU students’ districting here.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  5. The Post  profiled canvassing efforts in Henrico County, Va. in the final days of the presidential campaign.

    Virginia went blue for the first time since 1964 in 2008, with Henrico being one of the key players in that change. In 2008, President Obama beat John McCain there: Obama got 56 percent of the votes while McCain took 44 percent of the vote.

    Washington Post »

  6. University of Richmond’s The Collegian newspaper breaks down the two presidential candidates by comparing key numbers and facts checked by Politifact, just in time for a refresher before Election Day.

    thecollegianur.com »

  7. With all eyes on battleground states like Virginia, outreach and advocacy groups have been reminding voters how important it is to get out and vote on Election Day. 

    And while this election is the first for many college-aged students, University of Richmond’s Scott Himelein reports for The Collegian that there are some students who just aren’t ready — or just don’t feel like — voting.

    “Young people do not seem to have the same enthusiasm they did four years ago,” said Ernest McGowen, a University of Richmond political science professor. “I do not think this trend is particular to young people. Most Democrat and Independent voters in Virginia — more young people tend to be Democrat — are registering lower enthusiasm for the race, likely because the overall mood of the country is down.”

    Visits from the candidates over the coming weekend (there are five scheduled visits between both camps before Monday) are still happening in the few days before the election in an effort to mobilize some voters and sway undecided voters in their favor.

    thecollegianur.com »

  8. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released an ad today in Virginia that focused on small businesses by telling the story of Bill’s BBQ, a recently closed local restaurant in Richmond, Va.

    This isn’t Romney’s first hyper-local campaign effort in the state. In September, Romney distributed mailers about Lyme disease to residents in Northern Virginia.

    With five days to go before the election, Romney is trying to hold on to his two-point lead over President Barack Obama in the state. Rasmussen Reports show that Romney is holding at 49 percent and Obama is at 47 percent. 

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  9. Millions of college students will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast their vote in the 2012 presidential election, but Ricardo Adams won’t be one of them. By then, his vote will already be cast.

    Adams, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., is currently studying abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile. He’s a part of a bloc of U.S. students overseas whose potential impact on the election is seldom discussed.

    Turnout among youth voters overseas has traditionally been inconsistent. Despite improvements made to the absentee registration and voting process, Americans who choose to vote abroad face the prospect of an extended ordeal that begs the question: Is it worth it?

    Read More

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  10. Richmond, Va.’s daily newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, published an endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Oct. 28. The piece said President Barack Obama has fallen short on promises he made during his campaign and that the United States needs someone who has proven himself to be successful:

    During the debates, the president’s personal attacks on his opponent were, most often, met with strong but dignified answers. The president showed himself to be the less presidential of the two contenders. As a result, we know now who is better suited to lead a great but troubled nation.

    Mitt Romney has succeeded as a family man, governor, entrepreneur, Olympic leader. He is a man of character, a problem-solver, a turnaround specialist. He has earned our enthusiastic endorsement. America needs President Romney.

    The Times-Dispatch is just one of many newspapers around the country endorsing candidates. Read about the Tampa Bay Times endorsing President Obama here.

    www2.timesdispatch.com »

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