November elections are familiar, but what’s going on with these spring elections you’ve heard of? Visit the Virginia Department of Elections website for the official source on where and when these elections are held.
The Citizen Portal shows the next election in which you can vote, and which offices, candidates, and issues will be on the ballot. Research information before entering the polling place, since once you’re inside the voting booth it’s hard to get information about the candidates and issues on the ballot.
Most of us have a hard time remembering which congressional district we’re in. Go to vote411.org and enter your address for a quick reminder.
The next election will be the June Primary (June 12, 2018) and both the 1st and 2nd District in Virginia (affecting City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County) will have Democratic and Republican primaries for the National House of Representatives. Read more about candidates here (links go to vote411.org, a site run by the educational non-profit wing of the League of Women Voters):
Congressional District 1 Republican incumbent Rob Wittman does not have a primary challenger.
Congressional District 1: Democratic Candidates
Congressional District 2: Democratic Candidates
Congressional District 2: Republican Candidates
As we all learned in the last November election, ballots can be confusing. The Virginia Department of Elections publishes a guide to marking the ballot.
Review the proposed City budget here
Attend at 4pm Monday, April 9, in the City Council chambers in the Stryker building (next to the Williamsburg Regional Library)
Read the Virginia Gazette description of the Budget Forum here
Williamsburg City Council Candidates Forum Cancellation Notice
The Williamsburg City Council Candidates Forum scheduled for the evening of April 18 is cancelled. The League of Women Voters requires participation by all the contenders for the open council seats. After both Mr. Ted Maslin and Mr. Doug Pons agreed to to participate, we have been notified by Mr. Doug Pons that he will not participate. As a result, we must cancel the forum.
We regret that will not be able to provide local voters with the opportunity to ask the two candidates questions about local issues of interest.
We thank those who had volunteered to assist and support our forum.
Join us to offer your questions to the candidates for Williamsburg City Council, Doug Pons (incumbent) and Ted Maslin.
Peggy Bellows, editor of the Virginia Gazette, is moderating.
Election Day is Tuesday May 1
Polls are open 6 AM to 7 PM
Deadline to register or update is Monday April 9
Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, April 24. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 PM
Action Alert 15 (March 9)
Medicaid Expansion is still needed!
With the regular legislative session scheduled to end on Saturday, there are rumors that the session may be extended. There is much more work to be done by our representatives and our members.
Each week of the legislative session at least 5, and as many as 11, from the Williamsburg League traveled to Richmond learn of current issues and meet with our representatives. Our last roundtable
offered an opportunity to hear from some of our newest representatives. Their energy, focus, and dedication were contagious even though they shared some of the bruises they faced as new delegates.
However, more work is needed in one area:
Medicaid Expansion. The LWV urges continued work on this issue.
Additionally, Virginia Commonwealth Institute’s Half Sheet Blog
documents a new issue, related to teacher pay, that may be a part of the current budgetary negotiations.
Legislative Women’s Round Tables
Beginning at 8:30 am January 17, 2018, weekly Women’s Legislative Roundtable (WLRT) sessions are moderated by the League of Women Voters of Virginia. LWV-WA members car pool to Richmond, leaving around 7 am. We welcome any members who want to join us. There is no better way to learn how state government really works. Watch for announcements regarding carpooling.