Wednesday, July 3, 2013

And the 2013 Virginia Candidates Are……..

On August 6, 2013 there is a Special Election in Virginia for the State Senate seat in the 14th District.

Current Delegate Cosgrove is one of two candidates running for this seat. But he is also listed as the Republican candidate for his House seat on the November 5th election. It looks like if he is the winner in the Senate there is a back-up Republican nominee for his House seat in the 78th District according to the Virginia Public Access Project website, but there is no mention of this candidate on the Virginia Board of Elections website. I'll keep an eye on this District.
On November 5, 2013 Virginians will be voting for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, here are the candidates.  There is one current State Senator running for Lieutenant Governor and two Senators running for Attorney General, if any of them win an Administration position on November 5th then there will need to be a another special election for their State Senate seats. The Lieutenant Governor is the presiding officer of the Senate during the yearly General Assembly session, pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia. 

Also on November 5, 2013 most Virginians will be voting for their representative in the Virginia House. All 100 seats in the House are up for re-election although 38 of those districts only have the incumbent running unopposed so there is no real race, the results are already known. That leaves 62 races that are up for grabs and 11 of those House seats have no incumbent running so the winner will be someone with new ideas and opinions, instead of the same-old-same-old. To find out who is running for Delegate of the House seat in your district, here are the candidates. 

Are you registered to vote?  

Do you know the deadline to register for the November election?  

  • October 15, 2013  is the Last Day to Register to Vote in General Election
  • October 29, 2013  is the Last Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot by Mail
  • November 2, 2013 is the Last Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot in Person 
If you are interested in any of the candidates reported finances and donations just visit the Virginia Public Access Project website. 

Finally, were you convicted of a felony in Virginia and lost your voting rights? If the answer is yes, you can apply to have your rights restored but not in time for this year’s election. 

Before you begin you must first meet these requirements.
  • If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony you must be released from supervised probation for a minimum of three years.
  • If you have been convicted of a violent felony, drug or election law offense you must be released from supervised probation for a minimum of five years.
  • You must have paid all costs and fines related to your conviction and any costs and fines from traffic court before your application will be considered. Also you cannot have a DWI conviction within the past five years immediately preceding your application.
There is a process through the Secretary of Virginia to get your rights restored and recently it has been streamlined to be quicker and easier. 

If you are thinking no Registered Sex Offender will be allowed to have their rights restored in the Commonwealth, you would be wrong. There are RSO’s who have had their rights restored, some succeeded after the first time they applied and other succeeded the second time they applied. 

There are non-profits throughout Virginia that will assist citizens in the process of having their rights restored if you feel it’s too complicated. 

Here are a few
If you aren’t registered, you should be. 

If you qualify to get your rights restored and you haven’t tried, you should. 

If you previously applied for your rights and were denied, you should try again after a new Virginia Governor takes office in January 2014. 

If you are a registered voter, be sure that your voice is heard on November 5th 2013!