Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7 Weeks From Today is Election Day 2013: Not Only Can You Vote for Virginia’s Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General But All 100 Virginia House Seats Are Up for Re-election

On November 5, 2013 Virginians will be voting for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, here are the candidates. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected separately and could be of different political parties.

In this years election there is one current State Senator running for Lieutenant Governor and two Senators running for Attorney General, if any of these candidates win an Administration position on November 5th then there will need to be a special election for their State Senate seats. Those districts could be unrepresented for the first few weeks of the yearly General Assembly session depending on the date the Governor selects for the special election. If you live in one of these three districts you need to know of a special election date being set, who those candidates are and if any bills during the session pass through the Senate chamber when there is no representative for your district available to vote.

The Lieutenant Governor is not just first in the line of succession to the governor but is the presiding officer of the State Senate during the yearly General Assembly session, pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia. The Lt. Governor can cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate (40 District seats) on key procedural issues, but not on the state budget, taxes, the election of judges and amendments to the Virginia Constitution Those bills require the approval of the majority of members elected to the Senate.

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; 45 districts/seats only have the incumbent running unopposed so there is no real race. But there are 10 House districts/seats with no incumbent running so no matter who wins it will be someone with new ideas and opinions. The 4th District race has no incumbent and is uncontested, it's just been given to the lone candidate which by the way was a party swap. With no challengers willing to step forward for almost half of our districts it means those of you who reside in a district with more than one candidate actually have a choice and you need to educate yourself about the candidates and make every effort to get to the polls on November 5th because the only chance at change within the Virginia House of Delegates, lies in your hands.

To see who is running for Delegate in your district, here are the candidates.

You should contact the candidate(s) in your district, introduce yourself, tell them what issues concern you and let them know you will be voting on November 5th. Have your family and friends do the same.
Are you registered to vote? Are your family members?

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 aren’t registered, you should be.

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

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

Delegates and Senators listen to their constituents and they know if you’re a registered voter or not and if you are a voter then they listen much more intently.

Be sure that your voice is heard on November 5th 2013. VOTE!

Mary Devoy