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2020 Virginia Beach Elections Voter Information & Resources

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but much of the voting this year is happening before then.  A great deal of information about voting is available at the website of the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Ballot Overview

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following information is based upon a sample ballot guide available from the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration & Elections. U.S. President & Vice President [Vote for one] • Joseph R. Biden, president, and… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Overview of Ballot Measures

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are overviews of two ballot measures that will be decided in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, elections. The print edition containing our full voter guide is now on stands. Please reach me with any questions or… Continue Reading

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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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2018 Elections: Virginia Ballot Initiatives

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — These referenda are scheduled to appear on Virginia ballots during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election. Explanations from the commonwealth are included. Additional information may be found via elections.virginia.gov. ► Taxation & Finance: Exempt Property:… Continue Reading

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2018 Elections: North Carolina Ballot Initiatives

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following referenda are scheduled to appear on North Carolina ballots during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election. Official explanations by the Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission are included below. Find more information in North Carolina’s… Continue Reading

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Editorial: After secrecy in light rail fight, greater transparency is needed in Virginia’s campaign finance law

POSITION: A bill to end an exemption for some nonprofits seeking to influence referenda could mean our public policy and spending choices will be made by better-informed citizens. It deserves support in Richmond. Every Virginian should know who is paying to influence… Continue Reading

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Light rail, dark money: A conflict between election law and guidance is part of bigger transparency issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — It may be months before Virginia Beach citizens have any sense how much money light rail advocates spent to influence their votes on Election Day – and the sources of that money may never be… Continue Reading